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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…

Iran: More Public Executions, Prisoner Hanged While Crowd Watched

Ilam public execution, Iran, 17 Sept. 2017
Iran Human Rights (SEPT 19 2017): A prisoner by the name of Samir Deivband was hanged in public in the city of Ilam in front of a crowd of people.

According to a report by the state-run media IRIB, the prisoner was sentenced to death on murder charges and was hanged in public on the morning of Sunday September 17. 

The IRIB report only identified the prisoner by the initials "S.D.", but local sources confirmed the prisoner's name to Iran Human Rights as Samir Deivband.

The research of Iran Human Rights shows 33 people were hanged in public in Iran in 2016 and an audience of hundreds of people, including children, were present for most of these hangings. 

Human rights activists and informed members of civil society have always severely criticized this issue.

Another prisoner by the name of Abouzar Ghadami was executed the day before, September 16, 2017, in Shiraz, southern Iran. He had been also found guilty of murder.

A young man identified as Davoud Hajizadeh was publicly hanged on September 14, 2017, in the town of Salmas, Western Azerbaijan. He was found guilty of murder.

Source: Iran Human Rights, September 19, 2017


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