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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…

Singapore: 85 suspected drug offenders caught in latest CNB operation

Singapore's CNB drug bust
A 4-day drug bust by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB), which ended on Friday (Aug 19) morning, resulted in the arrests of 85 suspected drug offenders.

Around 196g of heroin, 47g of 'Ice' and other suspected controlled drugs were also seized in the island-wide operation.

In the operation, 2 suspected drug traffickers were arrested by CNB officers in the vicinity of Havelock - a 55-year-old man, and his associate, a 51-year-old man. Both are Singaporeans.

Officers raided the hideout of the 55-year-old, who was also found to have small amounts of 'Ice' on him, and found 138g of heroin from within the unit. Numerous empty plastic straws, plastic sachets and a digital weighing scale were also recovered.

2 other suspected drug abusers, a 29-year-old male and a 31-year-old female, both of whom are also Singaporeans, were arrested shortly after the raid at the hideout.

Investigations into the drug activities of all the arrested people are ongoing.

A previous island-wise operation by CNB officers that took place early August saw 78 suspected offenders caught.

Under the Misuse of Drugs Act, anyone caught trafficking more than 15g of diamorphine (or pure heroin) can face the death penalty.

Source: todayonline.com, August 21, 2016

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