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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…

Saudi sentenced to death for shooting policemen

Public execution in Saudi Arabia
Public execution in Saudi Arabia
Other charges include carrying guns, taking part in illegal rallies

Manama: A court in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Thursday sentenced a defendant to death after it found him guilty of firing at on-duty policemen with the intent to kill them.

Charges levelled against the Saudi defendant included attacking police patrols with a gun and shooting at them, taking part in rallies and riots in Qatif while carrying a weapon to shoot policemen, raising slogans against the state and the rulers, purchasing and using a gun illegally, and harbouring a wanted fugitive.

Other charges, cited by Saudi news site Sabq, included not honouring a past pledge he made upon his release in a previous security-related case, monitoring streets and securing a safe passage for a wanted fugitive and taking banned drugs.

The Specialised Criminal Court said that its death penalty ruling was based on the heinous nature of the crimes committed by the defendants.

Under Saudi laws, the capital punishment case will have to be reviewed by two other higher courts before it becomes final and referred to the king for approval.

Source: Gulf News, August 3, 2017


Saudi religious police headquarters comes under fire


The force is known as the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice

Riyadh: A state-linked Saudi news website is reporting that assailants opened fire on the Riyadh headquarters of the country's religious police.

The force is known as the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice.

The website Ajel reported on Wednesday that no one was injured in the attack, which took place on Tuesday night when unknown assailants fired on the building in a drive-by.

Ajel and other Saudi media outlets said last week that the chief of the religious police in the ultraconservative province of Qassim, Fahd al-Khudeir al-Afaleq, was assassinated by unknown assailants.

Local media reported that al-Afaleq died in his home, from two bullets to the chest, and that the house was then set on fire in an attempt to cover up the crime.

Source: Gulf News, AP, August 2, 2017

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