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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 sentences New Zealander Antony de Malmanche to 15 years in jail for drugs

Antony de Malmanche
Antony de Malmanche
A Bali court on Tuesday sentenced a New Zealand man to 15 years in jail for trafficking crystal methamphetamine into the resort island of Bali.

Antony de Malmanche was discovered with 1.7 kilograms of the drug hidden inside his backpack upon landing in Bali in December.

His family claim the 53-year-old was the victim of an online dating scam and that he was traveling to Bali to see a woman he met on the Internet, who had made his travel arrangements.

But presiding judge Cening Budiana told the Denpasar district court "the defendant has been legally and convincingly proven guilty of illegally importing drugs".

"We sentence him to 15 years in prison and a fine of four billion rupiah [$300,000]," he added.

"His act contradicted the government's anti-drug program. It also damaged Bali's image as a tourist destination."

Malmanche's sentence was lighter than the 18 years being demanded by prosecutors. Drug traffickers can face death by firing squad in Indonesia.

Budiana said Malmanche was polite in court and had no previous convictions. His lawyer Chris Harno said they were still considering whether to appeal the sentence.

Foreigners are frequently arrested for attempting to smuggle narcotics into Bali, and some have been handed the death sentence.

Despite international protests, Indonesia executed seven foreign drug convicts in April, defending the move as a vital front of its "war" on drugs. Two Australians were among the group and Canberra recalled its ambassador from Jakarta in protest.

British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford, who was caught smuggling cocaine into Bali, is also on death row.

Source: Agence France-Presse, June 30, 2015

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