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…

Brazil accepts Indonesian ambassador after execution row

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff accepted the diplomatic credentials of Toto Riyanto, Indonesia's new ambassador
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Toto Riyanto,
Indonesia's new ambassador
BRASILIA - Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff accepted the Indonesian ambassador's credentials Wednesday after a nearly nine-month standoff over the Asian country's execution of two Brazilian nationals convicted of drug trafficking.

The new ambassador, Toto Riyanto, had been about to present his credentials to Rousseff at the presidential palace in February when the Brazilian leader called off the ceremony over Indonesia's refusal to grant clemency for the two death row inmates.

Brazilian national Marco Archer was executed by firing squad in January. His compatriot Rodrigo Gularte, who had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, was executed in April.

Riyanto had been in limbo ever since.

A foreign ministry source in Brasilia said the official acceptance of the diplomat's credentials had simply been "postponed."

"There are no problems with Indonesia's representation in Brazil, but the country does not take back its statements on the matter" of the executions, the source told AFP.

Brasilia strongly condemned the executions, which were carried out despite a personal appeal from Rousseff.

Source: Agence France-Presse, November 5, 2015

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