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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: Two Men Hanged in Public in Shiraz

Public hanging in Shiraz, Iran, on June 5, 2016
Iranian authorities hanged two men in public on Sunday June 5 in Shiraz, southern Iran.

Iran Human Rights (June 6 2016): Two men were hanged in public in the city of Shiraz (province of Fars, southern Iran) early morning on Sunday June 5. 

According to confirmed reports, there were dozens of people watching the execution, including small children. 

According to a report by Iranian state-run news agency, Rokna, one of the prisoners, identified as "Mojtaba G", was executed for "committing an act of rape before attempting murder". 

The other prisoner, unidentified, was reportedly executed for "Corruption on earth". The unidentified prisoner was reportedly scheduled to be hanged in public on Thursday June 2, but his execution was reportedly postponed for a few days due to unknown reasons. 

In an earlier report by Iran Human Rights, citing the state-run news agency, Mizan, the unidentified man was sentenced to death for creating an environment of instability in Shiraz by attacking the homes of residents at night and committing acts of rape.

Over the two weeks, there were six public executions reported in Fars, five of them were reportedly carried out in Shiraz. 

According to statistics gathered by Iran Human Rights, in the past several years, the province of Fars has been home to the most public executions in Iran.

Source: Iran Human Rights, June 6, 2016

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