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…

Cassation Court upholds death sentences in Bahrain

Manama: The Cassation Court in Bahrain on Monday upheld the death sentence for two defendants found guilty of killing an on-duty police officer and of attempted murder.

Police officer Abdul Wahid Sayid Mohammad Faqeer was killed on February 14 last year in the Dair area, in the northern part of Muharraq island.

“The Court of Cassation has upheld the decisions by the Higher Criminal Court and the Court of Appeal to sentence two of the individuals to death, in light of the calculated and carefully planned manner in which Abdul Wahid was murdered,” Advocate General Nayif Yousuf said. “The Court also upheld the length of the prison sentences handed down to the other appellants.”

The Public Prosecution’s investigations, which included crime scene forensic evidence, mobile phone evidence, and witness testimonies, found that the defendants had lured security personnel to Al Dair area, where a remote Improvised Explosive Device (IED) had been planted. The explosive device was detonated upon the arrival of the security forces and killed Abdul Wahid and injured several other officers, the Advocate General said.

“Two of the defendants were found guilty of planting and detonating the explosive device, while ten others were convicted of obtaining and manufacturing explosive devices with the intent to use them in terrorist attacks,” the Advocate General said.

“The defendants had been provided with access to their legal representatives and all relevant evidence at every stage of their trial and appeal processes.”

Source: Gulf News, November 16, 2015

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