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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 regime hangs 3 in prison; man set to be hanged in public on Monday

Public hanging in Iran
Iran: Medieval and barbaric punishments
Iran's fundamentalist regime on Saturday hanged 3 prisoners in a jail in northern Iran. The regime is set to hang a man in public on Monday.

In a statement on Saturday, the regime's judiciary in Gilan Province, northern Iran, announced that the 3 prisoners were hanged in the presence of judicial officials in the Central Prison of Rasht. They were identified only by their initials and ages: F. B., 40; A. M., 32; and H. D., 31.

An unidentified prisoner will be hanged in public in the town of Songhor, western Iran, at dawn on Monday, state media reported.

The public execution will take place at the former site of the oil stocks, next to the town's power terminal, the state-run Soheil-e Songhor website reported on Sunday.

The mullahs' regime hanged another 9 prisoners on Wednesday in the city of Karaj, north-west of Tehran.

The regime hanged 18 prisoners last weekend, including 2 cases in public. A woman was among those hanged on July 17.

The regime hanged 9 prisoners collectively on July 13 in Gohardasht Prison in Karaj.

More than 270 Members of the European Parliament signed a joint statement on Iran last month, calling on the European Union to "condition" its relations with Tehran to an improvement of human rights.

The MEPs who were from all the EU Member States and from all political groups in the Parliament said they are concerned about the rising number of executions in Iran after Hassan Rouhani took office as President 3 years ago.

Amnesty International in its April 6 annual Death Penalty report covering the 2015 period wrote: "Iran put at least 977 people to death in 2015, compared to at least 743 the year before."

"Iran alone accounted for 82% of all executions recorded" in the Middle East and North Africa, the human rights group said.

There have been more than 2,500 executions during Hassan Rouhani's tenure as President. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran in March announced that the number of executions in Iran in 2015 was greater than any year in the last 25 years. Rouhani has explicitly endorsed the executions as examples of "God's commandments" and "laws of the parliament that belong to the people."

Source: NCR-Iran, July 25, 2016

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