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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…

Afghanistan: Couple stoned to death by Taliban on adultery charges

A man and woman have been stoned to death by Taliban militants in northern Sar-i-Pul province for having immoral contacts.

Abdul Jabar Haqbin, acting governor of Sar-i-Pul province said that Taliban had kidnapped the man and woman 3 days before.

He said Taliban planned to execute the hostages on Friday but it was delayed due to an airstrike by Afghan forces.

Haqbin added that the execution was ultimately carried in Kata Qala area of Suzma Qala District on yesterday.

Reports suggest that both the woman and man have children.

Taliban announce punishment to villagers based on the decision of their illegal courts, also called 'desert courts'.

They assign judges in large areas coming under their control.

Before this incident, Taliban have publicly executed people in different parts of the country including Nangarhar, Logar, Ghazni, Helmand, Zabul and Farah provinces.

Source: rawa.org, Sept. 12, 2015

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