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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: Four hanged in Saqqez

Hanging in Iran
NCRI - Iran's fundamentalist regime hanged four prisoners on Wednesday, a day after more than two dozen Sunni political prisoners were mass executed by the regime prompting international condemnation.

Three of the victims were hanged on Wednesday, August 3, in a prison in the city of Saqqez, in the western Iranian province of Kurdistan.

They were identified as Mostafa Salimzadeh, 23; Loqman Rashidi, 27; and Kaveh Sohrabi, 31.

A fourth prisoner was hanged on Wednesday in a jail in the city of Taybad, in north-east Iran. He was identified as Majid Nazari.

A further report surfaced on Thursday that three more prisoners were hanged on July 27 in prisons in the north-western Iranian province of Western Azerbaijan. 

They were identified as three Iranian Kurds - Ahmad Rastegar, Shahpour Hashtian and Davoud Mohammadi.

Source: NCRI, August 4, 2016

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