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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…

China sentences 2 convicts to death for jailbreak

A Chinese court on Friday sentenced 2 convicts to death for a jailbreak and for killing a guard.

Gao Yulun, 50, was sentenced to death for intentional homicide and breaking out of jail using violence, while Wang Damin, 35, was sentenced to death for breaking out of jail using violence, larceny, causing intentional injury and intentional destruction of property. 

Wang also was ordered to pay a penalty of 50,000 yuan ($7,840), China.org reported.

A 3rd man, Li Haiwei, 29, was sentenced to life imprisonment for intentional homicide and breaking out of jail.

Wang and Li said they will appeal to a higher court, while Gao accepted the punishment.

The 3 escaped from a jail in Yanshou county, on September 2, 2014, after killing the guard.

After the escape, over 15,000 police officers were deployed in the hunt and authorities offered a reward of 150,000 yuan for information leading to their capture.

They were captured shortly.

Source: Business Standard, November 13, 2015

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