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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…

Nebraska Republican Group Calls for Voters to Retain the Repeal of the Death Penalty

Gathering against the repeal...
Nebraska: Gathering against the repeal...
LINCOLN, NE – The Republican Liberty Caucus of Nebraska met in Lincoln on Saturday for its biennial convention where it passed a resolution by voice vote declaring that the organization "opposes capital punishment by any method and calls on voters in Nebraska to vote to retain LB 268".

The resolution cited the recent study by conservative Creighton economist Dr. Ernie Goss which found capital punishment to cost $14.6 million more than life without parole annually. It also stated that "the execution of an innocent person constitutes one of the greatest possible abuses of government power."

Founded in 1991, the Republican Liberty Caucus is a nationwide grassroots organization which promotes individual liberty and limited government within the Republican Party. It has chartered groups in many states, including Nebraska.

State Senator Laura Ebke of Crete, a past chair of the caucus and now a registered independent, said she understands the growing movement by conservatives of all party affiliation to oppose the death penalty.

“The passage of this resolution reflects a growing segment of Nebraska Republicans who recognize that the broken death penalty system can't be fixed. Those of us who don't trust the government with our retirement savings or healthcare, certainly can't trust it to make life and death decisions with perfect fairness and accuracy," Ebke said.

Matt Maly, of Nebraska Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty, also spoke Saturday in opposition to bringing back Nebraska’s death penalty.

"The result of this vote doesn't surprise me. It was conservative legislators who lead the effort to get rid of this wasteful program and it's conservative voters who will keep it gone," Maly said.

“It’s obvious the closer we get to the November election, more and more Republicans and conservatives are deciding that the death penalty is a broken government program that we can do without. This overwhelming vote by a conservative group within the Republican Party sends the message that a growing number of Nebraska Republicans support what our conservative led legislature did and it's important that they get out and vote 'retain' on November 8th."

Source: Retain a Just Nebraska, September 25, 2016. Retain a Just Nebraska is a public education campaign to urge the retention of LB 268, the Nebraska Legislature’s vote to end the death penalty. Supporters include fiscal conservatives, law enforcement officials, faith leaders, murder victims’ families, and Nebraskans from all walks of life. It is a statewide coalition conducting public education on the smart alternative of life in prison without parole, which protects society without the many problems of our death penalty system.

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