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…

Arkansas judge halts executions of 8 on death row

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen temporarily halted the scheduled executions of eight death row prisoners on Friday.

In an order issued in the inmates' lawsuit against the Arkansas Department of Correction, Griffen wrote "that immediate and irreparable harm will result to plaintiffs absent a temporary restraining order enjoining defendants from executing plaintiffs as scheduled."

Nine inmates filed suit June 29 seeking to have the state law that sets out the method of execution declared unconstitutional. 

The suit also asked that the state be permanently blocked from using the current lethal injection method of execution.

Friday's order applies to all nine inmates, but only eight of them have scheduled execution dates, the earliest being Oct. 21. Plaintiffs Don Davis and Bruce Ward were to be executed that day.

Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, October 9, 2015

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