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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 Court Sentences Woman to Death by Stoning; Prisoner Hanged in Southern Iran

Iran Human Rights (DEC 9 2015): A court in the north of Iran has reportedly sentenced a woman to lashings, 25 years in prison, and also death by stoning for allegedly assisting in the murder of her husband, Arash Babaieepour Tabrizinejad.

Her sentence was reportedly issued by Branch 2 of a criminal court in Gilan. 

A local Iranian official website, quoting the Prosecutor of Siahkal (a city in the province of Gilan), has identified the woman as only "A.Kh".

A prisoner with an alleged murder charge was reportedly hanged at Bandar Abbas Central Prison on the morning of Monday December 7. 

A report by the Judicial department in the province of Hormozgan identifies the prisoner as A.B. 

The prisoner was reportedly charged with murder and also sentenced to death in 2008. 

The death sentence was reportedly issued by Branch 1 of Hormozgan's Criminal Court and confirmed by Branch 13 of Iran's Supreme Court.

Source: Iran Human Rights, December 8-9, 2015

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