Texas Should Not Have Executed Robert Pruett

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: Nigerian Man Evades Death Sentence, Gets Life for Meth Possession; Prosecutors to Appeal

Uzoma Elele Alpha, a Nigerian national, was sentenced to life in prison for possession of 7 kg of crystal meth.
Uzoma Elele Alpha, a Nigerian national, was sentenced
to life in prison for possession of 7 kg of crystal meth.
Depok. The Depok District Court on Monday handed down a life sentence to Uzoma Elele Alpha, a 33-year-old Nigerian man, for possession of methamphetamine and marijuana worth an estimated Rp 6 billion ($451,400).

“Uzoma Elele Alpha has been proven guilty for owning grade 1 narcotic drugs and is sentenced to life imprisonment,” Judge Hariyanto said in his ruling at the court on the southern outskirts of Jakarta.

The sentence was lighter than the death penalty sought by prosecutors.

Chief prosecutor Eddy Abdul Aziz said his team would consider mounting an appeal to obtain the death sentence.

Alpha was arrested at his apartment at the Margonda Residence tower in Depok last December during a raid by authorities from the immigration office.

He failed to present valid papers for being in the country, prompting his arrest and subsequent drug testing, which came up positive for marijuana use.

Police then searched his apartment where they found seven kilograms of meth and 300 grams of marijuana.

Indonesia’s justice system takes a notoriously hard line on foreign drug offenders. 

The country drew global condemnation earlier this year for a series of executions of drug convicts in which 12 foreign nationals and two Indonesians were gunned down by firing squad.

Source: The Jakarta Globe, July 7, 2015

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