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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…

Russian who joined ISIS in Iraq sentenced to hanging

ISIS fighters surrender, Mosul, Iraq, 2017
A man who left Russia to join ISIS in Mosul was sentenced to death by hanging in Iraqi court - the 1st such ruling on a foreign fighter, according to a new report.

The unnamed foreign fighter was captured after the fall of the ISIS-held city in July, along with hundreds of suspected jihadists, including German teen-bride Linda Wenzel, Telegraph UK reported.

Authorities said the 28-year-old Russian man was the 1st fighter to surrender when Iraqi forces recaptured Mosul, and that he admitted to "carrying out terrorism operations," since 2015.

He said he discovered Islam in Moscow when construction workers introduced him to the religion and, after getting a degree in engineering in 2014, traveled to Turkey with the intention of entering Syria to join ISIS.

It is estimated that as many as 7,000 people have left Russia and other former Soviet states to join ISIS in Iraq and Syria.


Wenzel's case garnered attention after pictures and videos of her looking disheveled as she was being led out of the Iraqi city were published. She faces the death penalty but even if she is sentenced to death, she would not be executed before the age of 22.

As many as 5,000 men are awaiting trial in Mosul, judges told the outlet and 27 ISIS fighters were sentenced to death by hanging last month in Baghdad.

In 2016, Iraq executed more than 88 people, topped only by Saudi Arabia, Iran and China.

Russian who joined ISIS in Iraq sentenced to hanging

Source: nypost.com, Sept. 14, 2017


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