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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…

Saudi beheads own citizen for murder

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia beheaded one of its citizens on Monday after he was convicted of murdering a relative, the interior ministry said, adding to a sharp increase in executions this year.

Saleh Al Zahrani was convicted of shooting dead Attiyah Al Zahrani during a dispute between them, said the statement carried by the official SPA news agency.

The latest beheading in the southwestern Baha region brings to 115 the number of executions this year in the kingdom, compared with 87 for all of 2014, according to AFP tallies.

Under the conservative kingdom’s strict legal code, drug trafficking, rape, murder, armed robbery, homosexuality and apostasy are all punishable by death.

The interior ministry has cited deterrence as a reason for carrying out the punishments.

Source: Agence France-Presse, August 10, 2015

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