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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…

State question that protects the death penalty in Oklahoma passes overwhelmingly

Oklahoma's death chamber
OKLAHOMA CITY – While many voters were focused on the presidential race, Oklahomans were asked to vote on seven state questions ranging from a tax increase to a change in liquor laws.

On Tuesday evening, we began learning exactly how Oklahomans felt on all of the issues.

State Question 776 would declare that the death penalty is not cruel or unusual punishment. It would also allow the Legislature to designate any method of execution if the current method is deemed unconstitutional.

In 2015, Gov. Mary Fallin halted the execution of Richard Glossip after learning that there was a mix up with the lethal injection drugs.

Since then, all state executions have been put on hold.

An autopsy revealed that Charles Warner was put to death with a drug that is not in our state protocol.

On Tuesday, voters overwhelmingly supported the measure.

With 1,345 of 1,956 precincts reporting, the measure passed 67% to 32%.

Source: KFOR-TV, November 8, 2016

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