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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…

Kenya officially throws out 'Stone The Gays' bill

Bill proposed lifetime imprisonment or death by stoning for both gay Kenyan and foreign people

Kenya's parliament has officially thrown out a proposal that would have punished homosexuality with death by stoning.

The reason is that lawmakers believe current laws, which imprisons gay people for up to 14 years, are satisfactory enough at this time.

This is the 2nd time a proposal to have a law prescribing the death penalty has been denied by a committee.

"The [Justice and Legal Affairs] committee does not agree with the petitioner's proposed legislation as it is unnecessary. Article 45 of the Constitution adequately safeguards and protects family values," a spokesperson for the committee said.

"These provisions adequately protect the family values that apply in our democracy."

But this is not the last we will see of the proposed legislation. The committee said they would reconsider the bill if the leader of the bill, Kiharu MP Irangu Kang'ata, could find more sponsors in parliament.

Speaking to Gay Star News, Kenyan LGBTI rights activist Denis Nzioka said while this is a 'very good step' for Kenya, it should still be a wake-up call.

He said: 'We have seen a lot of anti-gay sentiment being brought out by people, politicians, religious leaders. People want to go the Ugandan way, Nigerian way.

'I thought Kenya was a safe country, the best in the continent apart from South Africa for gay rights.

'But things have got out of our hands. It just shows how in an instant - things can change dramatically.'

Source: Gay Star News, November 18, 2015

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