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…

Lindsay Sandiford told execution date pushed back as Indonesia focuses on economic reforms

Lindsay June Sandiford, accompanied by her translator listens to the prosecutors during her second trial in Bali in October 4, 2012.
Lindsay June Sandiford, accompanied by her translator listens
to the prosecutors during her second trial in Bali in October 4, 2012.
Lindsay Sandiford, a 59-year-old Brit sentenced to death by the Indonesian government in 2012 after being caught smuggling drugs worth £1.6m (AU$3.4m) into Bali, has been informed her sentence will be pushed back.

Sandiford was told her execution date had been set for September 21 earlier this month, but it is now expected January would be the earliest for her sentencing to be carried out.

Two rounds of executions have already taken place in Indonesia this year, including those of Bali Nine duo Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, who were shot by a firing squad in April.

The Gloucestershire ‘death row gran’, who knew Chan and Sukumaran and called their executions “senseless” and “brutal”, is now hoping to raise enough funds to lodge an appeal for a full retrial.

The British government has refused her legal aid, with a Foreign Office spokesperson telling the BBC that the government “receives numerous requests for help with legal bills and cannot provide funding because of the costs and complexities involved”.

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Sandiford’s executions were put on hold by the Indonesian government so it can focus on the country’s economic outlook, the BBC reported.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo recently announced a range of reform policies, 89 regulations overhaul to be exact, targeted primarily at creating a healthy breeding ground for growth.

“I believe this first batch of economic reforms will strengthen the national industry, will develop the micro, small and medium sized businesses . . . and will improve trade among the regions,” Mr Widodo told the Financial Times.

Meanwhile, the Indonesian president has maintained that clemency will not be granted for more than 60 convicted drug offenders.

The exact date of Lindsay Sandiford's execution is yet to be confirmed.

Source: International Business Times, Geraldine Chua, Sept. 16, 2015

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