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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…

Russian MPs work on petition to reinstate death penalty for terrorism

Site of the A321 Russian airliner that crashed on Oct 31, 2015
Site of the A321 Russian airliner that crashed on Oct 31, 2015.
The State Duma of the Russian Federation (the Parliament) is collecting signatures for a petition to the president about the need to reinstate death penalty in Russia. 

Many Russian MPs are convinced that in the context of the terrorist threat, the Kremlin administration may decide to reinstate death penalty, given that there are legal nuances that make it possible to lift the existent moratorium.

Currently, the Russian Penal Code envisages death penalty as a punishment for especially grave crimes. 

In fact, Russia does not practice death penalty, because Russia signed Protocol ?6 to the European Convention on Human Rights in 1997. The document stipulated for the abolition of this form of punishment in peacetime.

Noteworthy, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the establishment of an interdepartmental commission to block financial channels of terrorists. 

The decree was signed after the announcement from FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov, who officially confirmed the version of the terrorist act on board the A321 jetliner that crashed over Sinai on October 31.

Interestingly, the leader of the Liberal and Democratic Party of Russia, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, proposed putting captured terrorists on display in cages.

Source: pravdareport.com, November 19, 2015

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