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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…

Kuwait sentences two to death for spying for Iran regime

Double execution by hanging in Kuwait in June 2013
Double execution by hanging in Kuwait in June 2013
A Kuwaiti court sentenced two men accused of spying for Iran and Hezbollah to death on Tuesday.

An Iranian national and a Kuwaiti citizen were found guilty of intelligence links with the Iranian regime and its proxy Lebanese group Hezbollah. 

The Iranian national was convicted in absentia, but the other was in court.

According to the case documents, 25 Kuwaiti and Iranian suspects were put on trial for intelligence links with the regime in Iran and Hezbollah, and for possessing weapons and explosives. They were arrested in August.

The case also included the possession of weapons. 

Other suspects were given sentences ranging from five to 25 years, and three were found innocent.

The court said the Kuwaiti man masterminded the plot targeting Kuwait, used weapons and recruited 14 others.

The court also sentenced one defendant to life in jail, 15 others to 15 years and one to five years, Kuwaiti news site Al Aan reported.

The verdicts come amid deep tensions between Tehran and Arab countries after Iranian regime’s agents on January 2 torched Saudi Arabian diplomatic missions in Iran.

Source: NCRI, January 12, 2016

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