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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…

Arkansas judge orders state to disclose source of execution drugs

Arkansas must release information about execution drug supplier to attorneys for death row inmates challenging the state's lethal injection drug secrecy law

A judge has ordered Arkansas to release information about its execution drug supplier to attorneys for death row inmates who are challenging the state’s execution secrecy law.

The order was issued Monday by Pulaski County circuit court judge Wendell Griffen. 

The judge agreed late on Friday to temporarily halt executions for 8 inmates who were scheduled for lethal injections in the next 4 months.

The Monday ruling orders the state to “identify or otherwise object to disclosure” of the manufacturers, distributor, seller or supplier of Arkansas’ three lethal injections drugs. 

The order gives the state until 21 October to turn over the package inserts, shipping labels, laboratory test results and other information.

Arkansas is among a handful of states with laws that allow prison officials to withhold information about execution drugs.

Source: The Guardian, October 12, 2015

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