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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…

Indonesia: Antigraft Cops Arrest Three Judges in Bribery Bust

Tripeni Irianto Putro, center, the chief judge of the Medan State Administrative Court, was one of five people arrested by the KPK on Thursday on suspicion of transacting a bribe.
Tripeni Irianto Putro, center, the chief judge of the Medan State Administrative
Court, was one of five people arrested by the KPK on Thursday on suspicion
of transacting a bribe.
Jakarta. Antigraft investigators have arrested three judges from a court in Medan, North Sumatra, on suspicion of taking thousands of dollars in bribes.

Tripeni Irianto Putro, the chief judge of the Medan State Administrative Court, or PTUN, was arrested in the sting on Thursday by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), along with fellow judges Anir Fauzi and Dermawan Ginting, a bailiff named Yusril Sofyan, and an unidentified lawyer.

The bust came shortly after the lawyer delivered the cash, believed to be a bribe, to Tripeni at his office.

“From the scene, KPK investigators managed to confiscate cash in American dollars,” said Priharsa Nugraha, a spokesman for the KPK, although he did not disclose the exact amount.

The five were scheduled to be flown from Medan to the KPK headquarters in Jakarta later on Thursday.

PTUN spokesman Sugiyanto said that at the time of their arrest, the three judges had been hearing a case of alleged abuse of authority involving a former treasurer of the North Sumatra provincial administration.

The lawyer arrested, Sugiyanto said, was representing Fuad, the defendant in the case.

Legal expert Frans Hendra Winarta from Pelita Harapan University, outside Jakarta, said Thursday’s arrest highlighted the need to overhaul the prevailing legislation on lawyers.

The law, he said, held a loophole allowing lawyers to hide behind the lawyer-client privilege when caught in acts of corruption involving the judiciary.

“Society knows that lawyers mastermind many cases of bribery,” said Frans, himself a lawyer.

He also criticized the national bar association, Peradi, for failing to act tough on its members caught up in cases of graft.

Source: The Jakarta Globe, July 9, 2015

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