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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…

Chinese court upholds 5 death sentences in plot to kill miners and claim compensation

Schemers were able to claim $300,000 in compensation due to lax safety regulation

A court in eastern China upheld death sentences for 5 people who conspired to kill miners in what they claimed were mine accidents and then posed as relatives to claim $300,000 in compensation.

The Hebei Higher People's Court delivered the verdict Friday for 5 defendants who were convicted in August 2014. 

They were among a group of 21 people in the scheme, which targeted migrant workers and took advantage of lax safety and loose regulation of mines.

Members of the group first hatched the plan in July 2011 when they met a migrant worker from southern China who came to Hebei seeking employment, the China News Service said in a report

Fellow miners killed him while he worked underground at an iron mine in October of that year and then reported a cave-in. 2 members of the group posed as his widow and surviving son, in order to claim about $100,000 in compensation.

The group continued the pattern in 3 other murders through February 2012 until staff at 1 of the mines became suspicious and reported the incident to police, the report said.

In all, the group had claimed about $300,000 in compensation. 

The report gave no details of how the murders were carried out or how they were made to look like mine accidents.

Source: Associated Press, July 7, 2015

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