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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…

Indonesia: Lindsay Sandiford raises half the funds needed for retrial

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A Redcar gran on death row in Bali for smuggling drugs has raised half of the funds she needs for a retrial.

Lindsay Sandiford said her death penalty sentence was "unjustly harsh" and she is now desperately trying to mount a final appeal against the execution.

The 58-year-old said she has assembled a new legal team of "competent Indonesian lawyers and experts" to fight her face.

In a post on the Facebook page, 'Justice and fairness for Lindsay Sandiford', said to be written by Ms Sandiford, it says that the cost of the appeal which includes the fees for the experts and evidence, is about $80,000 Australian dollars - 37,415 pounds.

It says: "The brutal truth is that without the funds to pay for the experts and legal costs, my submission cannot be lodged and my execution will go ahead unchallenged."

She said that so far she has raised $40,000 Australian dollars through donations from the public and the purchase of handicrafts that Sandiford and other prisoners have made.

Sandiford was caught trying to smuggle 3.8 kilograms of cocaine when she arrived in the Indonesian island from Bangkok in 2012.

She was found guilty and sentenced to death by firing squad in January 2013. She has since made numerous appeals but so far none has been successful.

Sandiford has complained that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has not helped her battle, although the office denies this saying they had offered consular support.

She has continuously said she was only carrying the drugs to protect her son who she said was being threatened.

On the recent Facebook post Sandiford thanked her friends and supporters.

She said: "I am deeply moved and immensely thankful for all the help you have given me so far in my fight to avoid the death penalty.

"Thank you for all of your support and good wishes. It's a source of great comfort to me and my family.

Sadly, time is not on my side. My situation is becoming more critical with each passing day and I may now be just months away from execution unless I can mount a successful final appeal against my unjustly harsh sentence."

Source: gazettelive.com, August 18, 2015

Related links:
- Website: http://www.lindsaysandiford.org/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/justice250656
- Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1575993886023754/

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