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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…

Tunisia sentences man to death for murder and rape of infant

Mohamed Amine Yahyaoui
Mohamed Amine Yahyaoui
An Army Corporal accused of murdering a four-year-old child has been sentenced to death by firearm, the lawyer of the victim's family confirmed.

"The Permanent Military Court of Tunis, on Tuesday, pronounced the death penalty by firearm against the killer of child Yassine Aouachri," Zoubeir Yahyaoui added in a statement to Tunisian Agence Presse. 

The defendant has the right to appeal against the ruling.

Capital punishment can only take place when it is validated by the President of the Republic. 

The last time capital punishment was used in Tunisia was in 1991.

Mohamed Amine Yahyaoui, 25, was charged with misappropriation of a minor, using violence that resulted in the death, rape, sequestration and maltreatment of a juvenile with premeditation.

The 4-year-old child, who was abducted on 17 May 2016 in front of a primary school in the Mellassine neighbourhood, was found murdered the same day in an abandoned house in Cite Hellal.

Yahyaoui had made 4 attempts to kidnap a child before capturing Yassine.

Source: Middle East Monitor, January 3, 2017


Tunisie : Peine capitale pour l’assassin du petit Yassine


Le soldat Mohamed Amine Yahyaoui a été condamné à la peine capitale pour le viol et le meurtre, en mai dernier, du petit Yassine.

Le tribunal militaire de Tunis a condamné, mardi 3 janvier 2017, Mohamed Amine Yahyaoui (25 ans) à la peine de mort par fusillade.

Incarcéré, depuis le 17 mai 2016, pour le viol et le meurtre, le même jour, de Yassine (4 ans) à Mellassine, quartier populaire l’ouest de Tunis, Mohamed Amine Yahyaoui a indiqué au juge qu’il souffrait de troubles psychiques, affirmant ne pas être responsable de ses faits et gestes.

Les différentes expertises effectuées ont démontré qu’il est conscient et responsable et doit être jugé pour son crime odieux qui a ébranlé la Tunisie.

Source: Kapitalis, 3 janvier 2017

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