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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…

6 drug traffickers sentenced to death in West Java, Indonesia

Meth bust by Indonesia's BNN
The Cirebon District Court in West Java handed the death penalty on Wednesday to 6 of 9 defendants for dealing 40 kilograms of crystal methamphetamines and 180,000 ecstasy pills in March last year in a case that involved an international drug ring.

Presiding judge Mukhlis said the six defendants were proven guilty of smuggling drugs into the country for distribution.

"The defendants have violated Article 114( 2), Article 113(2), Article 112(2) and Article 132(1) of Law No. 35/2009 on narcotics," said Muklis, when reading out the verdict as quoted by Antara.

The death sentence was what the prosecutors demanded.

The 6 defendants were Ricky Gunawan, 34, Jusman, 52, Karun, aka Ahong, 40, Yanto, aka Abeng, 50, Sugianto, aka Acay, 29 and M. Rizki, 30. 2 other defendants, Hendri Unan, 28 and Gunawan Aminah, 60, avoided capital punishment but were both sentenced to 8 years in prison and fined Rp 1 billion (US$75,414).

In March last year, National Police detectives arrested 9 drug traffickers at a rest area by the Cikampek toll road.

Source: The Jakarta Post, January 12, 2017

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