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…

Poll finds Colorado voters oppose tougher gun laws

The poll also found that Colorado voters support the death penalty

A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday shows Colorado voters oppose tougher gun control laws, especially among men and Republicans.

The poll showed voters oppose such laws 56-39 %, with a 80-18 % opposition among Republicans. Independent voters oppose tougher laws by 59-35 % while Democrats support tougher laws 76-19 %.

According to the poll, men oppose tougher laws 69-27 %, while women support them 51-44 %.

The poll, completed as part of a swing state gauge that also included Iowa and Virginia, questioned 1,231 Colorado voters with a margin of error of 2.8 % points.

The poll also found Colorado voters approve 51-40 % of Gov. John Hickenlooper's work. The voters also approved of U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet by 41-34 % approval rating though the poll showed voters say 40-32 % that he does not deserve reelection in 2016.

Voters gave U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner a 48-28 % approval rating, according to the poll.

"With wide partisan and gender gaps, only 26 % of Colorado voters say the death penalty should be abolished and replaced with life in prison with no chance of parole," according to a Quinnipiac University news release Monday. "67 % say continue the death penalty."

The finding comes as jurors in the Aurora theater shooting case weigh whether or not to execute James Holmes for his 2012 attack on an Aurora movie theater that left 12 dead and 70 injured. The jury convicted him earlier this month.

The poll found Colorado voters support 63-32 % the death penalty rather than life in prison without parole for Holmes.

"With James Holmes awaiting sentencing for the movie theater massacre, there is barely a thread of sentiment in Colorado for abolishing the death penalty," Tim Malloy, assistant director of the poll, said in the release.

Source: Denver Post, July 27, 2015

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