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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…

No pardon for drug traffickers in Indonesia: Ambassador

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The Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Harry Purwanto, on Saturday ruled out any clemency for anyone caught carrying narcotic drugs in his country.

He said that his home government would not grant pardon to anyone involved in drug trafficking in Indonesia.

Purwanto disclosed this in Lagos while reacting to a report that 2 Nigerians were on death row in Indonesia for drug-related offences.

The envoy said that capital punishment would be meted to Nigerians who engaged in narcotic crimes, as well as to other foreigners and Indonesians engaging in the criminal acts.

"Let me say that Indonesia, currently, has very strict punishment measures for anyone engaged or that is planning to engage in drug trafficking.

"Let me also say that between 72 and 75 young Indonesians that were involved in narcotic crimes are currently in detention.

"My president, President Joko Widodo, is really committed to fighting drug trafficking, and has continued to maintain a firm stance against anyone arrested for involving in narcotic crime.

"So, there will be no clemency for anyone, be they Indonesians or other foreigners, arrested for drug-related offences," he said.

According to him, Indonesia will always resort to capital punishment after it has thoroughly investigated and exhausted the necessary legal processes.

Harry, however, said that his government would, sometime, only give consideration to arrested pregnant women, teenagers and mentally-deranged offenders.

The ambassador appealed to Nigerians to desist from visiting Indonesia for drug related-offences or allowed themselves to be used for drug trafficking.

Harry said that the existing cordial relationship between Nigeria and Indonesia would be stronger, if people of both countries obey the laws of their host countries.

Source: pmnewsnigeria.com, May 15, 2016

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