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Texas: Gov. Abbott should grant death row inmate Rodney Reed a reprieve, before it’s too late

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Convicted murderer Rodney Reed is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Nov. 20, but Gov. Greg Abbott has the power to stop it.
As it stands, there’s no indication that Abbott will. He has only stopped one execution since becoming governor 5 years ago.
Reed was sentenced to death in 1998, after being convicted of the brutal 1996 rape and killing of a 19-year-old woman from central Texas, Stacey Stites. And though the governor has yet to weigh in on this specific case, he supports capital punishment, as do most voters in the state. According to a June 2018 poll from the University of Texas/Texas Tribune, fully three-fourths of Texans strongly or somewhat support the death penalty.
But the question at hand has nothing to do with the death penalty, per se. Granting a reprieve would simply be the right thing to do — and a necessary precaution against the doubts that would linger, if Reed is executed as scheduled.
Reed has consistently maintained his innocence, and legitimate questions …

India: President signs anti-rape bill

New Delhi, Apr 3 (IBNS): Giving India a strong anti-rape law, President Pranab Mukherjee signed the Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill on Wednesday.

The bill was brought before the President after it was passed by the Parliament last month.

The Lok Sabha passed the anti-rape law bill on Mar 19 while the Rajya Sabha cleared it on Mar 21.

The Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill provides for the death penalty for extreme cases of rape while the jail term for other rapes was made 20 years.

Crimes like acid attacks, stalking, voyeurism and the trafficking of women were made punishable under criminal law.

Flaying the law enforcers and calling for police reforms, the Justice Verma Committee tasked by the government to suggest stringent laws against sexual violence submitted its "path-breaking" recommendations on Jan 23 to the Home Ministry, calling for enhancement of punishment to life sentence for the crime while stopping short of awarding death penalty.

The three-member committee headed by former Chief Justice of India J S Verma submitted its report to the government a month after it was formed following a national outrage over the brutal gang-rape of a 23-year-old medical student on a Delhi bus on Dec 16 and her subsequent death from injuries.

Source: India Blooms News Service, March 3, 2013

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