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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…

Iran: Two Prisoners Hanged in Public

Public hangings, Iran, Nov. 1 2015
Two hanged in public in Aliabad-e Katul on Nov. 1, 2015
Iran Human Rights, November 2 2015: Two prisoners, both reportedly 30 years old, were hanged in public in Aliabad-e Katul (a city located in the province of Golestan) early morning Sunday November 1.

According to a report by Tasnim, an official state-run news outlet, citing Esmaeil Mohammadi, the Attorney General of Golestan, the prisoners were executed on alleged rape charges.

The hangings were carried out during the Muslim holy month of Muharram, despite that Iranian authorities do not typically carry out executions during this time.

Source: Iran Human Rights, November 2, 2015

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