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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…

South Carolina: Prosecutor says not all families agree with death

Dylann Roof
Dylann Roof
A South Carolina prosecutor says not all of the families of the 9 people killed in June's shooting at a Charleston church want her to seek the death penalty, but they accept her decision to try to put the suspect to death.

Prosecutor Scarlett Wilson read a statement Thursday afternoon, just hours after filing court papers saying she would pursue the death penalty against 21-year-old Dylann Roof. 

She took no questions at a brief news conference.

Wilson called Roof's actions "the ultimate crime that deserved the ultimate punishment." 

Wilson says she understands the desire of some victims' families to forgive Roof, but she says forgiveness doesn't eliminate the consequences of Roof's actions.

Roof faces state charges including nine murder counts in the June 17 slayings at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Source: Associated Press, September 5, 2015

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