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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…

Iran: At least 32 prisoners executed in past few weeks

The machinery of execution and torture in clerical regime is running non-stop and claims victims from people of different cities. In addition to the brutal execution of Sirvan Najavi, the Kurdish political prisoner who was hanged on August 9 by the regime's henchmen in Tabriz, the streets and lanes and various prisons in the country were the scene of the hanging of prisoners.

On August 9 2 young men, 24 and 25 years old, were executed in Hafez Circle in the city of Mashhad. On August 3, a prisoner was executed in public in Eghlid in Fars province.

On August 10 a female prisoner named Fatemeh Haddadi, 39, mother of an 8 year old girl, was hanged in Gohardasht Prison in Karaj. Earlier, Paridokht Mowlaee, 43, mother of a child, had been hanged on July 29 in Ghezel Hesar Prison after having been transferred from the consultation hall of Varamin's Gharechak Prison.

Execution of 3 prisoners, on August 12 in Gohardasht Prison in Karaj, execution of a Kurdish 20-year-old prisoner in the central prison of Sanandaj and the hanging of a 27-year-old prisoner, Hossein Bozorgnejad, in the central prison of Esfahan on August 4, the hanging of seven prisoners in prisons of Rafsanjan and Yazd August 4, the execution of Mansour Yousefi, a Kurd prisoner on August 3 in Orumiyeh prison, and the execution of 3 prisoners at the central prison in Rasht on August 1, and mass execution of 10 prisoners on July 28 in the central prison of Qom, are among the crimes that have been published in recent days passing through the wall of repression and censorship of the regime.

In the meantime the cruel punishment of amputation of hand and foot of 2 prisoners in the central prison of Mashhad was carried out. (State media, August 3).

Amnesty International, referring to the shocking statistics of 700 executions in the 1st 6 months of the year, in a statement on July 23 said: "Iran's staggering execution toll for the 1st half of this year paints a sinister picture of the machinery of the state carrying out premeditated, judicially-sanctioned killings on a mass scale."

Religious fascism ruling Iran that the Iranian people call "The Godfather of ISIS", in the face of rising public discontent and hatred, continually increases the dimensions of execution and torture and suppression.

Source: NCRI, August 15, 2015

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