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…

Iran: 9 executions in Gohardasht and Sanandaj prisons in 1 day

Collective hanging in Iran (file photo)
Collective hanging in Iran (file photo)
On Wednesday, September 16, at least 9 prisoners were hanged by the Iranian regime in Gohardasht (Rajai Shahr) prison, Karaj and in Sanandaj. 8 of them, including a 22 and a 24-year-old, were collectively hanged in Gohardasht Prison. And Raouf Hosseini was hanged in Sanandaj Prison after suffering 13 years of imprisonment.

The Iranian regime, engulfed in increasing domestic and international crises especially after drinking the chalice of poison of the nuclear deal, is fearful of the uprising of Iran's fed up people and has found no avenue to survive but to ramp up suppression, especially the savage punishment of execution. Just in the 2-year tenure of Rouhani, who the people dub the president of executions, the number of executions has reached 2000.

Any trade with this inhuman regime should be made contingent to the cessation of the cruel punishment of execution.

Source: NCRI, Sept. 17, 2015

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