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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…

Pakistan: 4 more death row inmates hanged

Gallows at an unidentified Pakistani prison
Gallows at an unidentified Pakistani prison
September 9, 2015: Four death row convicts were sent to the gallows in different jails of Punjab early in the morning.

Two real brothers, Muhabat Ali and Muhammad Bashir, were executed in the District Jail Vehari for killing of two real brothers over property dispute in 2001.

Another death row prisoner was hanged in Adiyala central jail in Rawalpindi. The convicted prisoner Mubashir Hassan had killed a man named Qadir over personal dispute in 1999.

One more death row prisoner, Aslam Sial was hanged in the New Central Jail Bahawalpur. Aslam Sial had murdered a man and his wife during a robbery attempt in 1992. 

Since the de facto ban on capital punishment ended on 17 December 2014 until 9 September 2015, at least 232 people, including twenty-five convicted terrorists, have been executed across the country.

For years, Pakistan did not put prisoners to death. Then a Taliban attack butchered 150 people, most of them children, unleashing a blood lust that quickly turned the country into one of the world's most avid executioners. But instead of killing militants, the campaign is largely executing common criminals, The Associated Press has found. 

Only one in 9 of the 232 prisoners executed since December was convicted of a terror attack, according to human rights activists. 

Still, the executions continue in order to placate a public still angry over last year's Taliban assault on a military school in the city of Peshawar. 

The Dec. 16 attack changed everything. In Peshawar, Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school, killing 150 people, nearly all children attending class. 

Sources: pakistantoday.com.pk, AP, Hands Off Cain, Sept. 9, 2015

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