Texas Should Not Have Executed Robert Pruett

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…

Pakistan SC acquits death row inmate after 24 years

Peshawar Central Prison
Peshawar Central Prison
The top court annulled orders of subordinate courts

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Supreme Court (SC) has acquitted a death row inmate in a murder case after at least 24 years over inconclusive evidence.

The top court annulled orders of subordinate courts and ordered immediate release of the inmate named Mazhar Farooq.

The verdict was given by three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa. 

The bench stated in its report that there was contradiction in medical reports and statements of the witnesses.

The prosecution failed to prove the crime, the bench added while saying that even the pistol recovered from the accused did not belong to him.

However, the court cleared that the release was ordered over suspicions regarding evidence presented before the court. 

Farooq was alleged of a murder in Kasur area in 1992 and trial court had sentenced him to death which was upheld by a high court.

Source: Dunya News, November 25, 2016

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