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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…

Singapore: Belgian accused of killing son to be remanded another week

Philippe Marcel Guy Graffart
Philippe Marcel Guy Graffart
The Belgian man accused of killing his 5-year-old son in their D'Leedon condominium home will be remanded for another week at the Central Police Division to assist in investigations.

Philippe Marcel Guy Graffart, who appeared in court looking calm and relaxed on Wednesday (Nov 25), is being represented by defence lawyer Ramesh Tiwary.

District Judge Eddy Tham granted the prosecution's application for Graffart to be taken out of remand to assist in investigations.

The 41-year-old was charged on Oct 7 with the murder of Keryan Gabriel Cedric Graffart. 

He allegedly committed the act at his 32nd-storey home at 3, Leedon Heights.

He was then remanded for 4 weeks at the medical centre in Changi Prison for psychiatric assessment.

Graffart works for the Singapore investment management arm of Nordea, a company that describes itself as the largest financial group in northern Europe.

General manager of Nordea Private Banking in Singapore, Mr Kim Osborg Nielsen, was seen in court together with 3 other company representatives.

The case will be heard in court again on Dec 2.

If convicted of murder, Graffart faces the death penalty.

Source: Straits Times, November 25, 2015

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