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Innocent on Death Row? New Evidence Casts Doubt on Convictions

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Rodney Reed’s death sentence was suspended. But researchers say other current cases raise similar doubt about the guilt of the accused.
The number of executions in the United States remains close to nearly a three-decade low. And yet the decline has not prevented what those who closely track the death penalty see as a disturbing trend: a significant number of cases in which prisoners are being put to death, or whose execution dates are near, despite questions about their guilt.
Rodney Reed, who came within days of execution in Texas before an appeals court suspended his death sentence on Friday, has been the most high-profile recent example, receiving support from Texas lawmakers of both parties and celebrities like Rihanna and Kim Kardashian West, who urged a new examination of the evidence.
Mr. Reed has long maintained that he did not commit the 1996 murder for which he was convicted. And in recent months, new witnesses came forward pointing toward another possible suspect: the dead…

Iran: Four sentenced to death by stoning

July 2, 2013: The International Committee Against Stoning received information from Tabriz prison that two people had been sentenced to death by stoning.

Zarah Saee and Ali Saee, cousins from a village in East Azerbaijan Province in Iran, are accused by the Islamic regime of having had sex outside of marriage.

The sentence was handed down by the Supreme Court and confirmed by the Chief Justice Sadeq Larijani.

The International Committee Against Stoning also heard from several news sources that there were two more people who had been sentenced to death by stoning in Tabriz prison – Mohammad Reza Jamali and his wife Khadija Mohammad Ali Zadeh, who is a women’s rights activist.

Source: The International Committee Against Stoning, July 2, 2013

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