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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…

Children help ISIS stone gay men to death

Children helped pelt two men with stones, as the Islamic State executed them for homosexuality. Homs, Syria, August 2015
Children helped pelt two men with stones, as the Islamic State
executed them for homosexuality in  Homs, Syria in August 2015.
A number of children helped pelt two men with stones, as the terrorist group known as Islamic State executed them for homosexuality.

In a shocking clip released this week, two men accused of being gay were thrown off a roof in Homs, Syria.

The crowd – including children who appear to be of primary school age – then helped the group pelt the bodies with stones.

The six-minute video sees the men sentenced to death for ‘homosexuality’, according to a proclamation.

They are led up a building and onto a high roof, before being thrown off. As their bodies hit the ground, the waiting crowd rushes forward to pelt them with stones.

Their bloodied bodies are then covered with shrouds, as blood is visible.

Though the group often claims to execute gay men, there is no way of actually verifying the sexuality of the men killed.

The United Nations Security Council will this month hold its first ever meeting on LGBT rights – to tackle the issue of the terrorist group’s persecution of gay people.

US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, told reporters on Thursday that the meeting will focus on “ISIL and its systematic targeting of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) persons who find themselves in ISIL-controlled territory.”

The meeting will be hosted by the US and Chile, and all member states interested in LGBT protections will be able to attend.


Islamic State militants "execute" two men for homosexuality by throwing them off a building roof in Homs, Syria, in August 2015.
Islamic State militants "execute" two men for homosexuality by
throwing them off a building roof in Homs, Syria, in August 2015.


Children helped pelt two men with stones, as the Islamic State executed them for homosexuality. Homs, Syria, August 2015
Children helped pelt two men with stones, as the Islamic State
executed them for homosexuality. Homs, Syria, August 2015.


Source: Pink News, Nick Duffy, August 15, 2015

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