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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…

3 Sri Lankans, 1 Egyptian beheaded in Saudi Arabia

Public execution in Saudi Arabia
Public execution in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia has decapitated 4 more foreign nationals amid global concerns over the rising number of the executions in the kingdom.

According to the Saudi Interior Ministry on Monday, 3 Sri Lankan nationals were executed in the western Saudi port city of Jeddah for their role in the murder of a Saudi man.

An Egyptian was also beheaded in the Eastern Province for stabbing and strangling a citizen to death.

According to statistics, 120 people have been executed in the kingdom since the beginning of 2015, showing a drastic increase in compassion with the 87 executions carried out throughout the previous year.

Back in May, the United Nations warned of the "fast pace" of executions in the Arab country, saying it is "very disturbing."

"If it continues at this pace, we will have double the number of executions, or more than double the number of executions, that we had last year," Christof Heyns, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said.

In the same month, the Saudi regime had issued an online vacancy announcement for hiring 8 executioners.

Riyadh has been under fire for having one of the world's highest execution rates. London-based Amnesty International attributes 79 executions to the kingdom in 2013 and 2012, 82 in 2011 and 2010, and at least 69 executions in 2009.

Under the Saudi law, apostasy, armed robbery, drug trafficking, rape, homosexuality and murder carry the death penalty.

Source: PressTV, August 18, 2015

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