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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…

Nebraska Governor Donates Another $100,000 To Death Penalty Fight

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts
Gov. Pete Ricketts has again donated to a group trying to save Nebraska's death penalty.

A monthly financial statement released Friday by Nebraskans for the Death Penalty shows Ricketts donated $100,000 in July, matching his $100,000 June donation for a total of $200,000.

In all, the group raised nearly $400,000 in cash in July. The largest donation came from the conservative, Washington-based Judicial Crisis Network, which gave $200,000.

Nebraskans for the Death Penalty is overseeing a petition drive to put the death penalty issue on the 2016 ballot. 

That effort began after Nebraska lawmakers abolished the death penalty last spring despite the governor's veto. 

Death penalty opponents have launched their own campaign, Nebraskans for Public Safety, urging voters not to sign.

Source: The Associated Press, August 1, 2015

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