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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: 10 executions

Onlookers, including children, watch a public execution in Iran
Iran's fundamentalist regime hanged 10 prisoners, including at least 2 Afghan citizens, on Monday in the south of the country.

6 prisoners were hanged on Monday in Bandar Abbas Prison, southern Iran. They were identified as Siamak Fadaii, 24; Zaher Amroddin, 24 (an Afghan citizen); Vazirahmad Amroddin, 22 (Afghan); Amir-Hossein Abdol-Khaleq, 22; Mansour Mehdizadeh, 68; and Gholam Fayezi, 28.

Another four prisoners were hanged on Monday in Minab, 80 kilometers east of Bandar Abbas. They were identified as Saadat Shah Karam Zahi (Rigi), Issa Omar Zehi and two others identified only by their last names Shahnavazi and Jedgal.

They were accused of drug related charges.

Following the executions, Ms. Farideh Karimi, a member of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and a human rights activist, on Tuesday said: "The fundamentalist regime in Iran is increasingly resorting to group executions to terrorize the population and prevent any popular protests demanding change. The international community should not tolerate such mass killings and should make its ties to Iran conditional upon an end to executions and torture."

A statement by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on August 5 said: "Iran has reportedly executed more than 600 individuals so far this year. Last year, at least 753 people were executed in the country."

Source: NCR-Iran, August 18, 2015

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