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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: Confession of a State Mullah to the Execution of Indigent Offenders

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"There are two types of lawyers: the lawyers who are well acquainted with the law, and the lawyers who are well acquainted with the judge." - French proverb.

NCRI - A member of the Iranian regime's parliament referring to the regime’s judiciary emphasizing on more executions and that 5,300 people are on death row in the regime's prisons, said: “The trafficker who has 500 million dollars in Tehran and elsewhere is released, but we will execute the poor drug mule or offender.”

Mullah Hassan Norouzi, the regime’s parliamentary commission representative, addressing the Under Secretary General of the National Drug Control Headquarters, Ali Mouayedi, said: “Mr. Mouayedi said, give us time, we gave 10 months to a program, they did not give us results. They can just tell us that we're executing. We say you are executing, but who are you executing? Mr. Mouayedi, how many international smugglers have you executed? Why do you want to execute drug mules and innocent people and why do you want to execute 5,300 people who are in prison?”

He added: “When did we say that the execution would be lifted... We did not say the death penalty would be eliminated. We said that you would have to execute someone who deserves to be executed. That trafficker, who has 500 million dollars in Tehran and elsewhere, is freed by top-notch attorneys, but a poor drug offender who has 35 grams of industrial narcotics cannot defend himself and have a lawyer gets executed, for what?

Source: NCRI, August 12, 2017 (edited for reasons of clarity)

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