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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…

Man hanged in Iran, 9 others at imminent risk of execution

NCRI - Iran's fundamentalist regime has hanged a prisoner in southern Iran and transferred at least nine other death-row prisoners to solitary confinement in preparation for their impending execution.

Mr. Aziz Maktabi was hanged on Sunday in the prison courtyard of Adel-Abad Prison in Shiraz.

In Karaj, north-west of Tehran, at least nine prisoners were transferred on Monday to solitary confinement in Gohardasht (Rajai-Shahr) Prison.

The nine prisoners have been identified as: Hamidreza Azhdari, Mohammad Aziz-Abadi, Morteza Bayat, Mohammad Bigi, Mohammad Bik Mohammadi, Majid Javan Khalil-Pour, Mohammad Mikaelzadeh, Alireza Rahimi, and Dariush Shirazi.

Reports have surfaced that the regime plans to hang all nine men on Wednesday, only three days before the World Day Against the Death Penalty.

The mullahs' regime in Iran continues to execute more of its citizens per capita than any other U.N. member state. Some 2000 people have been executed during Hassan Rouhani’s presidency in the past two years.

A statement by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on August 5 said: "Iran has reportedly executed more than 600 individuals so far this year. Last year, at least 753 people were executed in the country."

Amnesty International said on September 7 that “the Iranian authorities must end their unprecedented killing spree – more than 700 people have been executed so far this year."

Source: NCRI, October 6, 2015

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