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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…

Kim Jong Un had terrapin farm manager executed, says source

Kim Jong-un inspects the Taedonggang terrapin farm in Pyongyang in May 2015
Kim Jong Un had ordered the execution to make an example of the manager - and to reinforce North Korea's politics of fear.

Kim Jong Un may have executed the manager of a terrapin farm the North Korean leader visited in May, according to a source in Pyongyang.

The terrapin farm had made headlines after May 19, when Kim expressed his displeasure regarding its operation.

South Korean news outlet Daily NK reported Kim might have executed the farm manager for not supplying sufficient water to aquarium tanks.

According to the news source, Kim Jong Un ordered the execution of the manager after providing field guidance at the Taedonggang terrapin farm.

"Food and water for the turtles were not being supplied sufficiently, that was the reason for execution by gun," the source said.

South Korean news outlet Newsis reported North Korea's charges of incompetence ignored the real reason for the supply issues.

Power outages were common at the farm, said the source, and the farm was not provided with adequate amounts of food for the turtles.

Kim Jong Un had ordered the execution to make an example of the manager - and to reinforce North Korea's politics of fear, according to South Korea press.

During his visit in May, Kim reportedly reprimanded the farm's management and said the managers were ruining the North Korean leader's mission and the farm could not resume normal production levels.

"Ten million loyal citizens and military personnel are tirelessly preparing gifts for the 70th anniversary of the Korean Workers' Party, by night and by day. I don't know what this farm is planning for the celebrations in October," Kim had said.

Daily NK's source said the execution of the manager follows an ongoing trend in North Korea.

Subordinates at the turtle farm who wished to display their ultimate loyalty to Kim might have facilitated the death of the manager, said the source.

Source: UPI, July 6, 2015

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