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…

Singapore: Belgian charged with son's murder to be assessed by psychiatrists

Philippe Graffart, charged with murdering his 5-year-old son.
41-year-old Philippe Graffart, the Belgian citizen charged with murdering his son (5 years old) at their Singapore home, will stay in police custody for 4 more weeks so he can be assessed by psychiatrists, reports the local press.

Philippe Graffart was found wandering in the vicinity of the police station near his home in the early hours of the morning at the beginning of October. 

He had physically harmed himself. 

The police found the body of his son Keryan in his flat an hour later. 

The boy was showing signs of strangulation.

Graffart was charged with murder and remanded in custody on October 7th. 

He and his former wife had been fighting over custody of their son. 

Philippe Graffart will appear before the court on November 25th and faces the death penalty if he is found guilty.

Source: Brussels Times, October 29, 2015

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