Texas Should Not Have Executed Robert Pruett

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…

11 Prisoners Executed for Drug Offences in Iran

Iranian authorities hanged 11 prisoners charged with drug offences early Monday morning, according to the Iran Human Rights (IHR) sources in Ghezelhesar prison of Karaj (west of Tehran).

One of those executed was a school teacher identified as Mahmood Barati who was sentenced to death on false charges, according to an IHR source. Barati was arrested 10 years ago and sentenced to death only based on the testimony by an individual who was also charged with drug offences. There were no other evidence against Mr. Barati besides the testimoney. The key witness, who was later executed for drug charges, had withdrawn his testimoney twice. Mahmood Barati didn't have any previous criminal record and at that time worked as teacher in Taybad (eastern Iran).

The family of Mr. Barati didn't get the opprotunity to visit him for the last time.

The other prisoners who were hanged today included "Ali Tafreshi", "Mehdi rahimi" from the Unit 2 of Ghezelhesar prison, "Hossein Rostami" from Fasha prison (south of Tehran), five prisoners from the "Great tehran Central Prison" and one unidentified prisoner.

So far in 2015, Iranian authorities have executed more than 700 prisoners, including more than 400 prisoners charges with drug offences.

Iran Human Rights strongly condemns today's executions. IHR's spokesperson Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam said: "Mahmood Barati is only one of many innocent prisoners who are executed for drug charges by the Iranian authorities. The international community must put pressure on Iran to stop the arbitrary executions under the pretext of fighting the drug trafficking".

Source: Iran Human Rights, Sept. 8, 2015

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