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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…

Pakistan: 2 brothers acquitted in abduction, murder case; Army Chief signs death warrants of 4 terrorists

A division bench of the Lahore High Court Tuesday acquitted 2 real brothers- Ali Abbas and Nadeem Abbas- who were convicted for killing a woman after abduction.

The bench comprising Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin Ahmed and Justice Ch Mushtaq Ahmad acquitted the convicts while accepting their appeals against the sentence.

During the course of proceedings, the defendants' counsel submitted that there was no solid evidence which showed that the convicts were responsible for or associated with the murder. He pleaded the bench to acquit them after setting aside their death sentence.

In 2011, an addition district and sessions judge had awarded death penalty to Ali Abbas and Nadeem Abbas for kidnapping Naseem Sharif, wife of late brigadier Muhammad Sharif and killing her after getting signatures on the property documents.

Army Chief has signed the deaths warrants of Murad Khan s/o Sarfraz Khan, Inayatullah s/o Khakhay Khan, Israruddin alias Abu LASE S/O Hussain Ahmad and Noor Saeed alias Hafiz Saheb s/o Muhammad Saeed.

The army chief today endorsed the sentencing of these terrorists.

The ISPR said the convicts were involved in manslaughter, suicide bombing, abduction for ransom, funding terrorist organisations and causing colossal damage to life and property.

More than 300 death convicts have been sent to the gallows in the country after the government lifted a six-year moratorium on death penalty in the wake of the attack on Peshawar's Army Public School in December last year which left 150 people dead, majority schoolchildren.

Last week, the warrants of Maulvi Abdus Salam, Hazrat Ali, Mujeebur Rehman and Sabeel alias Yahya were signed by the army chief, and they were hanged days later in a Kohat jail.

Source: Pakistan Today, nanonews.org, December 9, 2015

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