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Texas Should Not Have Executed Robert Pruett

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Update: Robert Pruett was executed by lethal injection on Thursday.
Robert Pruett is scheduled to be executed by the State of Texas Thursday. He has never had a chance to live outside a prison as an adult. Taking his life is a senseless wrong that shows how badly the justice system fails juveniles.
Mr. Pruett was 15 years old when he last saw the outside world, after being arrested as an accomplice to a murder committed by his own father. Now 38, having been convicted of a murder while incarcerated, he will be put to death. At a time when the Supreme Court has begun to recognize excessive punishments for juveniles as unjust, Mr. Pruett’s case shows how young lives can be destroyed by a justice system that refuses to give second chances.
Mr. Pruett’s father, Sam Pruett, spent much of Mr. Pruett’s early childhood in prison. Mr. Pruett and his three siblings were raised in various trailer parks by his mother, who he has said used drugs heavily and often struggled to feed the children. Wh…

Three Executions in Iran; One Hanged in Public

Watching a public execution in Iran (file photo)
Watching a public execution in Iran (file photo)
Iran Human Rights, May 31, 2015: Three prisoners were hanged in two different Iranian cities today, reported the Iranian state media.

Two prisoners charged with drug offences were hanged in the prison of Sari, reported the official website of the Judiciary in Mazandaran province (Northern Iran). 

The prisoners who were identified as “A. Gh.” charged with trafficking of 1400 grams of heroin, and “N. R.” for possession of 29 kilograms and 320 grams of opium, said the report.

The state run Mehr news agency reported about public execution of a prisoner in Shiraz. 

The prisoner who was not identified by name was charged with eight cases of rape, said the report. 

He was hanged in the “Ghahramanan” square of Shiraz.

The above mentioned charges have not been confirmed by independent sources.

Source: Iran Human Rights, May 31, 2015

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