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…

Pakistan: 6, including killer of ex-Punjab CM executed in Punjab jails

Erecting gallows in Pakistan after moratorium was lifted.
Erecting gallows in Pakistan after moratorium was lifted
At least 6 death row prisoners including a man convicted of killing former Punjab chief minister Ghulam Haider Wyne were hanged in different jails of Punjab in the wee hours of Thursday.

Death-row inmate Zamani was executed in Multan Central Jail. He was convicted of murdering Ghulam Haider Wyne during an election rally in Mian Channu tehsil of Punjab in September 1993. Wyne was a Pakistan Muslim League (PML) leader who rose to the position of Punjab chief minister in 1990.

Meanwhile, 2 prisoners were hanged in Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail for murder. Inmate Zareen was accused of killing 2 brothers in Murree whereas Rab Nawaz was found guilty of murdering a man in Royal Artillery Bazaar in the garrison city.

Furthermore, in Dera Ghazi Khan’s Central Jail, 2 brothers, Ghulam Akbar and Hazoor Buksh convicted of the murders of 2 men were executed. The murders were committed in 1996.

Separately, murder convict Abdul Sami was hanged in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail. His black warrants were issued on Tuesday after he was found guilty of killing a man over a petty dispute.

Over 200 prisoners have been executed since Pakistan lifted its moratorium on the death penalty in all capital cases on March 10 this year.

Source: Pakistan Today, October 15, 2015

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