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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…

Public Hanging in Northwestern Iran; Two Executions in Northern Iran

Public execution in Iran (file photo)
Public execution in Iran (file photo)
Iran Human Rights (JAN 8 2016): On the morning of Thursday January 7, a prisoner was reportedly hanged in public on murder charges.

The execution was reportedly carried out in public in the city of Khoy (in the Iranian province of West Azerbaijan) while a crowd, including Iranian citizens and security agents, watched. Iran state run media Azarnegah identifies the prisoner as "V.R."

According to the report, the prisoner's death sentence was issued by the criminal court in West Azerbaijan and confirmed by the Supreme Court in Iran.

Iran Human Rights (JAN 10 2016): Two prisoners were reportedly hanged at Lakan, Rasht's central prison, on drug charges. 

A report by the press department for Gilan's Judiciary says the executions were carried out on Saturday January 9 and identifies the prisoners as: V.A., 34 years old, sentenced to death for purchase and possession of 87 grams of heroin; and A.T., 33 years old, no previous criminal record, sentenced to death for possession of four kilograms and 960 grams of heroin.

Drug executions continue to rise in Iran, despite strong efforts by Iranian human rights and political bodies to end the death penalty for drug offenses.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 8-10, 2016

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