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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…

Death Penalty Becomes Stumbling Block for India-Germany Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty

Germany has refused to sign a pact for cooperation on criminal matters with Indian due to the death penalty provision in Indian law.

Since 2007 both India and Germany has been negotiating to sign the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty in criminal matters but has not been able to reach a conclusion due to Berlin's strong reservation to the provision of death penalty in Indian law.

"Its (MLAT) importance has been underscored by our Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) and Chancellor (Angela Merkel). The negotiations have not been progressing on account of differences on the issue of 'death penalty'.

"I am aware that this matter is handled by your Ministry of Justice, however, we seek your active support so that the treaty is concluded at an early date," Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju told his German counterpart Gunter Krings in Delhi on Monday.

Mr Krings is in Delhi as part of the delegation of Ms Merkel, who is on a 3-day visit to India. Mr Krings and Mr Rijiju on Monday signed 2 MoUs on security matters.

An MLAT is an agreement between 2 or more countries for the purpose of gathering and exchanging information in an effort to enforce public laws or criminal laws.

Mechanisms have been developed among nations for requesting and obtaining evidence for criminal investigations and prosecutions.

When evidence or other forms of legal assistance, such as witness statements or the service of documents, are needed from a foreign sovereign, states may attempt to cooperate informally through their respective police agencies or, alternatively, resort to what is typically referred to as requests for 'mutual legal assistance'.

The Law Commission has already recommendation for abolition of death penalty except in terror-related cases.

However, the Home Ministry is believed to be against it maintaining that time was not ripe yet to remove it completely from the statute book keeping in mind the threat from terrorism.

Source: ndtv.com, October 6, 2015

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