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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…

Indonesian Police Seize 70 Kilos of Crystal Meth in Tangerang Drug Bust

Indonesia meth bust (file photo)
Tangerang, Banten. Police confiscated more than 70 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine in a drug bust at the Arcadia Housing Complex in Batuceper, a subdistrict of Tangerang, Banten, on Monday (23/05), shortly after they arrested two members of an international drug syndicate at the Soekarno-Hatta Airport.

Soekarno-Hatta Airport chief Sr. Comr. Roycke Harry Langie told Detikcom made the raid after receiving tip-offs from the two drug suspects—identified with initials S and A—who were arrested with 2.3 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine in their possession at the airport on May 16.

Police learned that both suspects were members of an international drug syndicate which intended to smuggle a large amount of crystal methamphetamine from Taiwan.

The 70 kilos of crystal methamphetamine, known by its street name "sabu," found at theArcadia Housing Complex were packed into 14 different bags.

“The drugs belong to a Taiwan national and we are still investigating the case,” Roycke said in Tangerang on Monday night.

Roycke said the syndicate tried to smuggle the drugs by hiding them inside small generators.

“The drugs were hidden under a 20-centimeter long steel sheet inside the small generators. They're quite hard to detect. We spent at least four hours opening up the generators,” said Roycke.

Last month, police seized more than 80 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, most of them smuggled from China and Iran and in chocolate parcels and glue bottles, in a three-week operation across the Greater Jakarta area. Nine people, including four Malaysian, Chinese, Iranian and Nigerian nationals, were arrested during the bust.

Source: Jakarta Globe, May 24, 2016

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