Texas Should Not Have Executed Robert Pruett

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…

Pakistan SC dismisses murder convict’s appeal after his death

ISLAMABAD: It took the top court nearly seven long years to take up and dismiss the petition of a death-row inmate, who died of natural causes in 2011.

A three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, dismissed the criminal appeal of Akbar after receiving a report from the superintendent of District Jail Kasur that the appellant had died a natural death on January 20, 2011.

The deceased had murdered a person in Lahore in August 1999. Later, a trial court awarded him death sentence. In 2010, the Lahore High Court maintained the trial court’s order.

The same year, Akbar challenged the verdict in the apex court, but his plea was admitted for regular hearing in 2014. After three years on July 27, the bench resumed the hearing of his criminal appeal.

A copy of the two-page order is available with The Express Tribune.

According to the order, “A report dated July 22 was submitted by the superintendent of District Jail in Kasur, which showed that Akbar, the appellant, in criminal appeal No 334 of 2014, had died a natural death on January 20, 2011. In view of the development, the criminal appeal has abated to the extent of the said appellant.”

The bench also noted that two co-accused Yaqoob and Ansar Ali had been acquitted by the trial court on the basis of compromise and released from jail.

This is not the first case where the Supreme Court took up the case of convicted persons after their deaths.

The special bench, led by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, has been working tirelessly to decide criminal appeals for last couple of years.

The bench decided pending criminal appeals from 1993 to 2014 and now only 1,298 criminal appeals are pending. On the other hand, total pending cases are 35,375 in the apex court.

Justice Khosa has brought a quiet revolution to the apex court as he is heading a special bench that has decided around 7,000 criminal appeals during the last three years.

A senior Supreme Court official told The Express Tribune that the special bench is speeding up the hearing of listed cases on a daily basis and there was no need for adjournments.

Source: Express Tribune, Hasnaat Mailk, August 9, 2017

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