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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: Anti-death penalty group distributes audio clip of Lt. Gov. Mike Foley's remarks against death penalty

Nebraska Governor (R) Pete Ricketts
Nebraska Governor (R) Pete Ricketts
The group campaigning to permanently end the death penalty in Nebraska has released an audio clip of Gov. Pete Ricketts’ lieutenant governor voicing his opposition to it in 2014.

Then-State Auditor Mike Foley was running for governor at the time and was explaining during a debate why he opposed capital punishment, a position that would place him at odds with the eventual winner, Ricketts.

Voters are being asked to decide whether to ratify the Legislature’s repeal of capital punishment.

The group, Retain a Just Nebraska, on Tuesday distributed audio of Foley from that March 2014 debate.

“We don’t have a functioning capital punishment system today in Nebraska,” Foley was recorded saying. “Yet we’re spending millions of dollars pretending that we can execute people. We can’t do it. We don’t have the drug protocol in place, we don’t have the legal structures in place to carry out that objective.”

Ricketts has been a strong proponent of the death penalty and has invested his own money in seeing it restored.

On Tuesday, Foley said in a statement that he would defer to Ricketts. “The Governor sets policy, and he has been clear that his administration supports keeping the death penalty as an option for the most heinous crimes in Nebraska,” Foley wrote.





Source: Omaha World-Herald, November 2, 2016

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