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…

South Carolina death row inmate awaiting new sentence found dead

Jesse Sapp
Jesse Sapp
Officials say a death row inmate who was awaiting a new sentence after challenging his execution order has been found dead at a Ridgeville prison.

The Post and Courier reports 36-year-old Jesse Sapp died at the Lieber Correctional Institution.

State prisons spokeswoman Stephanie Givens says officers found Sapp’s body in his cell on Sunday.

The Dorchester County Coroner’s Office did not immediately confirm details of his death.

Solicitor Scarlett Wilson, who was fighting Sapp’s bid for a new sentence, says officials told her that the death was a suicide.

Sapp was convicted in the killing of state Trooper Jeff Johnson in 2002.

Sapp’s attorneys successfully challenged his death sentence.

A judge ordered a new sentencing phase due to mistakes by prosecutors in Sapp’s 2003 trial.

Source: Associated Press, October 13, 2015

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