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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: Two Hanged

LAHORE (Dunya News) – Two death row convicts were hanged in the jails of Toba Tek Singh and Bahawalpur on early Tuesday morning, Dunya News reported.

The dead bodies of the prisoners were handed over to their families after the execution.

According to details, death row prisoner Muhammad Sardar was hanged in the District Jail, Toba tek Singh.

Sardar was executed for killing a man named Amanullah in 1993.

Another murderer was executed in the New Central Jail, Bahawalpur.

Prisoner Rasheed Ahmad was hanged for murdering a man named Muhammad Shafi in 2004.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifted the moratorium on the death penalty on December 17, 2014, a day after Taliban gunmen attacked a school in Peshawar and killed 134 students and 19 adults.

The killings put pressure the government to do more to tackle the insurgency.

There are more than 8,000 prisoners on death row in the country.

Source: dunyanews.tv, January 12, 2016

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