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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…

Two Public Executions in the North and South of Iran

Iran Human Rights, June 16 2015: According to official reports in Iran, two prisoners were hanged to death in public on Tuesday in two different cities: Sari (in the province of Mazandaran) and Eqlid (in the province of Fars).

The website for the Mazandaran Judiciary listed the name of the prisoner publicly hanged in Sari as “Jome Khan E.”, son of Khalegh, and stated his charge as “Buying and possessing 7 Kilograms and 270 Grams of crack”.

Fars New Agency listed the name of the prisoner publicly hanged in Eqlid as “H.G.” and stated his charge as “Raping a 16-year-old girl”.

Source: Iran Human Rights, June 16, 2015

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