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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: Two Public Executions in Zanjan and One Execution in Shiraz's Adel Abad Prison

Two Public Executions in Zanjan
Two Public Executions in Zanjan over rape charges.
On Tuesday August 18th 2 prisoners charged with rape were hanged to death in public in the province of Zanjan, according to the Justice Department in Zanjan. 

On Sunday August 16th a prisoner, identified as Omar Parastandeh Khial, with drug related charges was hanged to death in Shiraz's Adel Abad Prison, according to the Baluch Activists Campaign group. Iranian authorities have not reported on Khial's execution.

The identities of the 2 prisoners who were hanged to death in Zanjan have not been announced to the public. 

The prisoners were reportedly accused of the kidnap and rape of a 9 year old child.

Source: Iran Human Rights, August 19, 2015

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