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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…

Two Afghan Citizens Hanged In Iran; Lawyer Carried Out The Executions

A lawyer reportedly has carried out executions in one of Tehran's prisons. 

According to the state-run Iranian news agency Fars, 2 Afghan citizens were hanged in a prison in Tehran. 

The prisoners were reportedly convicted of several cases of rape and robbery. 

The names of the prisoners, the date of their executions, or the exact location of the executions were not revealed in the report, which was published on Sunday June 5.

A lawyer for 1 of the complainants reportedly carried out the executions. 

The lawyer, who was not identified by name, told Fars News Agency: "On the request of 1 of the complainants, I personally carried out the punishments." This is despite that the prisoners were reportedly charged with rape and not murder.

According to Iranian laws, families of murder victims may carry out the execution of the murderer. 

Iran may be the only country where the execution of rape [convicts] could be carried out by the lawyer of a complainant.

Iran Human Rights (IHR) condemns the executions. "It is outrageous that lawyers are carrying out executions. Iran's leaders are responsible for promoting a culture of death penalty in Iran," says Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson for IHR.

Source: Iran Human Rights, June 6, 2016

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