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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…

Malaysia: 25-year-old property agent sent to the gallows for drug trafficking

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A woman could not hold back her tears at the High Court here today when her son Hari Singh Kanda was sentenced to the gallows for trafficking 32.3 grams of heroin and 18.1 grams of monoacetylmorphine last year.

The mother, who sat at the court's public gallery was calm when Judicial Commissioner Datuk Mohamad Shariff Abu Samah read out his judgement after hearing submissions from both defendant and prosecution team today.

However, the woman in her 50s, burst into tear after Shariff meted out the sentence against the 25-year-old property agent after reading the 131-pages of judgement sheet.

Hari Singh, clad in a grey shirt, put up a calm demeanor and several people, believed to be his family members and friends, got up and hugged him after the proceeding.

He was charged under Section 39(B)(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which carries the death penalty upon conviction.

Shariff said the defendant had failed to raise reasonable doubt in the prosecution's case.

"I am satisfied that the testimonies from 10 prosecution's witnesses were true.

"I do not believe that the accused was a victim or that he was framed by the police," he said.

Shariff said the accused had indeed held a red plastic bag which contained the contraband item (drugs).

"The police seized the red plastic bag from his right hand," he added.

The accused represented by lawyers Datuk Geethan Ram Vincent and Datuk Rajpal Singh when pleaded for lenience sentence said it was the 1st offence committed by their client.

The court then allowed a stay of execution pending an appeal at the Court of Appeal.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Ahmad Nazneen Zulkifli prosecuted.

Source: New Straits Times, July 31, 2017

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