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…

Iran Hangs Prisoner in Public During Ramadan

Iran: Public hanging in the Razavi Khorasan province, Jul. 2015
Iran: Public hanging in the Razavi Khorasan province, Jul. 2015
Iran Human Rights, July 15 2015: Official sources in Iran have reported on the public execution of a prisoner in Mahvelat County. 

The prisoner was charged with the rape of an 11-year-old girl who died in the hospital, according to the website of the Judiciary for the province of Razavi Khorasan. 

Iranian authorities reportedly executed the prisoner during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The website for broadcasting in Mahvelat County reports the prisoner was sentenced to death by hanging for rape and also sentenced to death by stoning for adultery. 

Iranian authorities used the Islamic Penal Code to justify the charges and sentencing.

Source: Iran Human Rights, July 15, 2015

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