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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…

Iran: Ten executions, one in public; business as usual

Public execution in Bandar Abbas on Sept. 1, 2015
Public execution in Bandar Abbas on Sept. 1, 2015
The mullahs' regime in Iran on Wednesday hanged 5 prisoners collectively in the Central Prison of Karaj, north-west of Tehran.

The 5 prisoners, hanged at dawn on Wednesday (September 2), were between the ages of 28 and 30.

4 of them were identified as Mostafa Akhundzadeh, Hossein Jalali, Majid Rezai, and Hamid Farji.

The 5th prisoner was not identified. Iran's fundamentalist regime on Tuesday also hanged 4 prisoners in the north-western city of Tabriz and the western city of Sanandaj. Another prisoner was hanged in public in the southern city of Bandar Abbas on Monday.

Iran on Tuesday hanged 4 prisoners in the north-western city of Tabriz and the western city of Sanandaj. A 5th prisoner was hanged in public in the southern city of Bandar Abbas on Monday.

Zahed Hedayati and Jamal Jaafari were hanged in Sanandaj Prison.

Mostajab Pour Mohammad and Davoud Emazadeh were hanged in Tabriz Prison.

A young man, whose name was not given, was hanged in public near Barq Square in Bandar Abbas on Monday.

A statement by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on August 5 said: "Iran has reportedly executed more than 600 individuals so far this year. Last year, at least 753 people were executed in the country."

Source: NCR-Iran, Sept. 3, 2015

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