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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…

Egyptian Court Sentences 12 to Death Penalty, 140 to Life in Prison

Cairo courtroom, June 2017
Cairo– An Egyptian court sentenced 12 to death and 140 others to life in prison convicted of storming into a police station some four years ago in Menya and killing a police officer.

In 2013, former supporters Egyptian President Morsi broke into Matay police station in Minya Province, killing the station’s chief in retaliation. The incident followed the forced dispersal of mass protests in Cairo’s Rabaa el-Adawiya and el-Nahda squares.

According to Egypt’s penal code, the Grand Mufti Shawki Allam must review all death sentences.

Allam has already approved the verdicts, although his opinion is legally required but not binding.

Menya Court sentenced 140 defendants to life in the same case, while it acquitted 238 others.

In 2014, the court ruled death penalty to 37 defendants and the sentence was appealed.

Over the past four years, the court issued dozens of death sentences for hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters, including leaders, and thousands were sentenced to life in prison. The court of appeal annulled many of the rulings and ordered retrials.

Giza Criminal Court, decided to postpone reviewing the retrial of 4 defendants, including Tarek al-Nahry, into the case known as “Cabinet incidents case” to the hearing of 17 October 2017. Nahry’s lawyer has attended the hearing in accordance with the amendments to the recent Code of Criminal Procedure.

Nahry was sentenced to life in prison in absentia before he surrendered himself for retrials.

Judges Wajih al-Shaer, Wajdi Abul Menem, and Husam Ezzedine convicted the defendants of assaulting government institutions, setting them ablaze, vandalism, murdering a policeman, arson, and association with a terrorist organization.

The defendants vandalized and broke into several institutions such as the Shura council, parliament, and cabinet building.

Source: aawsat.com, August 8, 2017

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