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…

Arkansas: Neither of 2 to die apply for clemency

Neither of the 2 death-row inmates scheduled for execution in October requested clemency before the Monday deadline, said state Parole Board administrator Solomon Graves.

Bruce Ward and Don Davis -- who are set to die by lethal injection on Oct. 21 -- had until noon Monday to ask the state Parole Board to recommend to Gov. Asa Hutchinson that they be granted clemency, which can be either total forgiveness for the crime or a reduction of the criminal penalty.

Under the state's protocol, the state Parole Board must first review the application and then make a recommendation to the governor to either approve or deny the request. The governor is not obligated to follow the board's decision.

Both men, as well as 6 other death-row inmates, have exhausted all standard appeals. The execution dates have been scheduled for all 8 men over the next 4 months.

A lawsuit filed in June in Pulaski County Circuit Court by all eight men asking the prison system to disclose the source of its execution drugs is still pending. Jeff Rosenzweig, an attorney for all 8 men, has said that he will ask the court to delay the executions.

Ward, 58, is also seeking a review by the U.S. Supreme Court after a February Arkansas Supreme Court ruling that affirmed his death sentence. A case conference is set for Sept. 28.

Ward was convicted of strangling to death 18-year-old Little Rock convenience-store clerk Rebecca Doss on Aug. 11, 1989.

Davis, 52, was sentenced to death for the Oct. 12, 1990, execution-style shooting of 62-year-old Jane Daniels during a robbery in Rogers.

Source: arkansasonline.com, Sept. 23, 2015

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