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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…

New Hampshire Senate takes up death penalty suspension bill

New Hampshire
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire lawmakers are deciding whether to suspend the state's death penalty rather than repeal it outright.

The Senate is expected to vote Thursday on a bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Kevin Avard of Nashua. 

The measure would suspend use of the death penalty until "methods exist to ensure that the death penalty cannot be imposed on an innocent person."

New Hampshire is the only state in New England with the death penalty still on the books, and efforts to repeal it in 2014 deadlocked in the 24-member Senate.

Michael Addison, who was convicted of killing a Manchester police officer in 2006, is the state's only person on death row. 

The bill would not affect anyone sentenced to death prior to the suspension.

New Hampshire's last execution was in 1939.

Source: The Associated Press, March 3, 2016

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