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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: Public "amputation of four fingers of the right hand"

Shiraz  public amputation
January 24, 2013
Iran Human Rights, January 24: Iranian authorities’ campaign of public medieval punishments continues. According to the state run Iranian news agencies amputation verdict of a prisoner was carried out in public in the city of Shiraz (southern Iran).

According to the report, the prisoner was a 29 year old man identified as "A. S. H." and was sentenced to "amputation of four fingers of the right hand" and three years in prison and 99 lashes for immoral relationship.

The chief prosecutor of Shiraz warned that similar sentences of several other prisoners will be carried out in the near future.

Iranian authorities have increased implementation of public sentences such as lashing, executions and amputations in the recent months. Two young men were hanged publicly on 20th January for mugging in Tehran.

Iran Human Rights condemns today’s barbaric public punishment and urges the international community to react. Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of IHR said:”It seems that the Iranian authorities’ campaign of terrorizing the people through public medieval punishments doesn’t know any limits. Unless the international community show strong reactions, we are afraid that Iranian people, and especially children will have to watch more public hangings, lashings and amputations as we get closer to the Presidential elections in June 2013".

Amiry-Moghaddam continued: "We urge the UN, EU and all countries with diplomatic ties with Iran to condemn these barbaric punishments immediately. Iranian leadership among them the Supreme leader Ali Khamenei, and head of the Judiciary Javad Larijani must be kept accountable for these crimes".

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 24, 2013




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