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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…

Iran: Public execution in Kermanshah

Kermanshah, Iran, 8 MAY 2016
Iran Human Rights (MAY 8 2016): One prisoner was hanged publicly in the "Azadi" (Liberty) Square of Kermanshah, western Iran. 

The public execution was carried out in front of hundreds of people Sunday morning May 8.

According to the Iranian state-run news agencies Fars and YJC the prisoner who was identified as "Fardin R." was convicted of Moharebeh (waging war against God), through participation in an armed robbery. 

A few people were injured during the robbery but no one was killed, said the report.

The Azadi (Liberty) Square of Kermanshah has been the site of several public executions in the past.

Source: Iran Human Rights, May 9, 2016

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