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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: Prisoner Executed in Public, Juvenile Offender on the Verge of Execution

Public hanging in Ilam, Iran, on December 22, 2016
NCRI - This morning, December 22, a prisoner was hanged in public in the city of Ilam – Western Iran.

The public execution was carried out this morning, in the city center of Ilam in the presence of chief Justice, the public prosecutor, criminal justice and police chief, the state run Mehr news agency reported.

Also on Monday, December 20th three Baluchi prisoners were hanged in Birjand Prison – Eastern Iran.

Meanwhile Mohammad Reza Haddadi who was 15 years old at the time of arrest (2002) on charges of robbery and murder is due for execution. 

Haddadi has repeatedly denied all the charges during the whole interrogation process, which has been confirmed by the ones who share the same charges with him

He has been also deprived of having access to lawyers.

Source: NCRI, December 22, 2016

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