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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…

FDA Agrees To Hear From Texas, Arizona On Seized Execution Drugs

The federal government has agreed to hear arguments from Texas and Arizona prison officials after agents seized drugs that both states were trying to import for use in executions.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Monday that it would evaluate the states' responses and notify the prison systems once the evaluation is complete.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark said Monday that the state was appealing the FDA's impounding of a shipment of sodium thiopental.

The state hasn't used the sedative in recent years as part of its lethal injections. 

But Clarks says the state wants to "explore all options."

Arizona officials say they also plan to appeal.

Death-penalty states have been struggling to acquire execution drugs after traditional manufacturers refused to provide their drugs for executions.

Source: Associated Press, October 27, 2015

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