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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…

ISIS executes 10 for being gay in Syria

Islamic State militants executed nine men and a boy accused of being gay in Syria on Monday (21 September), a monitoring group has said.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the jihadists shot dead seven men in Rastan, a town in central Syria, ‘after accusing them of being homosexual.’

Two men and a boy – his age is not known – were also executed in the northern town of Hreitan for the same reason, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

He said the executions were carried out in public but IS fighters destroyed any cameras that had been used to film the killings.

ISIS has branded LGBTI people ‘the worst of all creatures’ and claimed responsibility for the executions at least 30 gay men.

Last month, the United Nations Security Council heard from two gay men who had fled the terror group.

‘ISIS are also professional when it comes to tracking gay people,’ said one of the survivors.

‘They hunt them down one by one. When they capture people, they go through his phone and his contacts and Facebook friends. They are trying to track down every gay man. And it’s like dominoes. If one goes, the others will be taken down too.’

Source: Gay Star News, Darren Wee, Sept. 21, 2015

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