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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 executed, one in public

Public hanging in Iran
IRAN HUMAN RIGHTS (NOV 8, 2016). Two prisoners were hanged in the prison of Qorveh (Iranian Kurdistn province) early Tuesday morning November 8.

Iran Human Rights had yesterday reported about the scheduled execution of these prisoners.

The prisoners were identified as Mohammad Rasoul Heydari, from Qorveh, charged with murder, and Babak Hassan Zadeh, from Sardasht, charged with possession and trafficking of 350 grams of the narcotic drug crystall.

According to close sources Heydari was arrested 4 years and 8 months ago and Hassan Zadeh 4 years ago. Both the prisoners had been kept in Hamadan Prison and were transferred to Qorveh 20 days ago.

The executions have not been reported by the official Iranian media.

NOV 9, 2016 - Two prisoners were hanged in two different Iranian cities reported the state run Iranian media.

According to Mehr News Agency one man was hanged in the prison of Qazvin (western Iran) Monday morning November 7. 

The prisoner who was identified as "Hassan Kh." (24) was sentenced to qisas (retribution in kind) for murdering two people in two separate cases five years ago.

Iranian State Broadcasting (IRIB) reported on the execution of a prisoner early Wednesday morning (November 9). 

The prisoner was identified as "Mostafa K.", also known as "Saeed", charged with raping a person one year ago, said the report. The hanging was carried out publicly on Payam Square of Shiraz (Southern Iran).

Source: Iran Human Rights, November 8-9, 2016

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