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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…

Indonesia: Dealers Arrested With Two Kilos of Crystal Meth

Indonesia: Two arrested with 2 kilos of crystal meth
Indonesia: Two arrested with 2 kilos of crystal meth
Jakarta. Two alleged drug dealers who had been on the run were arrested on the weekend with two kilos of crystal methamphetamine and around 34,000 ecstasy pills worth around Rp 3 billion ($225,000) in their possession in Bekasi, West Java, police said on Tuesday (17/05).

Bekasi Police chief Sr. Comr. Herry Sumarji told reporters the alleged drug dealers—identified only by their initials E.D. (30) and D.S. (45)—were part of an Indonesian drug syndicate led by one of Indonesia's most wanted drug fugitives, identified as U.G.

Herry said E.D. was arrested with 14 grams of crystal meth in his possession at a rented house on Jalan Masjid Hudal Islam in Pondokgede, Bekasi on Friday at around 10 a.m. 

The next day, police arrested D.S. in the neighboring subdistrict of Jakasampurna thanks to E.D.'s tip-offs.

After questioning both suspects, police again searched D.S.'s rented room and found two kilos of crystal methamphetamine and 34,000 ecstasy pills.

Herry said the drugs allegedly belonged to drug fugitive U.G. who lived in the same rented room with D.S. in Jakasampurna.

U.G. served a sentence for drug dealing at the Karawang Prison last year. He is believed to have returned to the drug business and now controls the drug market in Bekasi and surrounding areas.

According to Indonesia's anti-narcotics law, the amount of drugs confiscated in the raid was more than enough to charge the alleged dealers with the death penalty.

Source: Jakarta Globe, May 18, 2016

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