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…

Iraq: Isis releases drone video showing beheading of man executed for insulting 'Allah' in Anbar

Sentenced to death by beheading for the crime of "insulting Allah"
Sentenced to death by beheading for the crime of "insulting Allah"
The Sunni terror group, Islamic State (Isis), has released a new execution video shot using a camera mounted drone showing the brutal beheading of an Iraqi man in Anbar province.

The man was sentenced to death by beheading for the crime of "insulting Allah", reports said.

The professionally-edited high-quality video is believed to have been shot in Ramadi, an Isis stronghold and the provincial capital of Anbar. It shows a young man believed to his early 20s being brought to a town square. He is blindfolded and is seen wearing red pyjamas and a white tee-shirt.

The drone then hovers close to the victim as he bends down and puts his head on a wooden plank, while the executioner moves in with a huge sword, ready for the beheading.

In the meantime, in the background a Sharia judge is heard reading out the sentencing while a small group of shocked onlookers gather to watch the gruesome event. The drone slowly starts to ascend higher and higher as the executioner raises his sword to decapitate his victim. The last image is that of the victim lying dead in a pool of blood.

The Iraqi security forces, backed by US-led coalition airstrikes, have been carrying out a vast operation west of Ramadi, which was captured by Isis in May. 

The Sunni terrorist group is in control of several areas in Anbar province.

Last week, Isis executed 70 members of a Sunni tribe - Albu Nimr, in the Tharthar area north of Ramadi, according to Al Arabiya.

"These people who were executed were the fathers and brothers of members of the police, the army... and of tribal fighters who are battling Daesh," tribal elder Naim Gaoud told AFP.

Sentenced to death by beheading for the crime of "insulting Allah"
Sentenced to death by beheading for the crime
of "insulting Allah", Iraq, Nov. 2015

Source: IBT, October 18, 2015

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