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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…

Catholic Bishops of Nebraska Say Death Penalty 'not necessary to protect society'

Gathering signatures against the Nebraska repeal of the death penalty
Gathering signatures against the Nebraska repeal of the death penalty
The 3 bishops in charge of the 375,000 Catholics in 350 Nebraska parishes have officially come out as opponents of the death penalty, as the issue takes center stage with a statewide vote coming in November.

On Thursday, Tom Venzor executive director of the Catholic Conference of Nebraska and public policy voice of the 3 Nebraska bishops, says the bishops all agree that the death penalty "is not necessary to protect society."

This comes just 1 month before Nebraskans will vote to either keep the repeal of the death penalty, that state legislators made law in May of 2015, or to bring back the option of the death penalty.

The recommendation from the 3 bishops, Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Archbishop George Lucas of Omaha and Bishop Joseph Hanefeldt of the Grand Island diocese, comes as no surprise with all 3 pledging their support for the initial repeal of the death penalty in 2015.

They said at that time they don't believe that the penalty of death is a just option.

"Justice requires punishment, but it does not require that those who have committed serious crimes be put to death."

In the Thursday news conference, Venzor called the death penalty "a broken system" and also cited the fact that the past 3 popes, Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and current Pope Francis, all spoke against capital punishment.

Other reasons Venzor recommends Catholics vote RETAIN on November 8th, include the possibility of wrongful convictions, minority discrimination, the long appeals process and high taxpayer costs associated with the death penalty.

Source: KWBE news, September 30, 2016

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