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…

Lawyer Julian McMahon named Vic Australian of the Year

The Bali Nine duo's lawyer Julian McMahon
Bali Nine duo's lawyer Julian McMahon
Leading up to the execution of Bali Nine ringleaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, their lawyer Julian McMahon solely focused on their case.

Refusing to take on any new paying clients, the 2016 Victorian Australian of the Year worked tirelessly to try to save them from the death penalty.

For more than 12 years, he has worked without payments for Australians facing the death penalty abroad.

His clients include Van Tuong Nguyen in Singapore and George Forbes in Sudan, among others.

Leading up to the executions of Bali Nine ringleaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, Mr McMahon remained wholly focused on their case, not taking on any new clients.

Premier Daniel Andrews attended the Victorian Australian of the Year Awards on Wednesday night and applauded Mr McMahon and other recipients for their work in the community.

"They are truly inspirational and great role models for Australians young and old," Mr Andrews said on Wednesday night.

"Their dedication and commitment each of them shows to their chosen field is something for us all to truly admire."

Indigenous elder Jack Charles was awarded the Victorian Senior Australian of the Year at the ceremony hosted at the Aerial Function Centre, as was university student Robert Gillies named Victorian Young Australian of the Year and social entrepreneur Rebecca Scott, who was named Victorian Local Hero.

Source: AAP, October 29, 2015

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