Innocent on Death Row? New Evidence Casts Doubt on Convictions

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…

Iraq: Two executed over "al-Qaeda" charges

April 7, 2014: The Iraqi authorities carried out death sentences against two convicted of "terrorist” charges as their court judgments issued against them have been approved by republic presidency.

“The first convicted was charged in accordance with Article 4 of terrorism, and sentenced to death for belonging to al-Qaeda "terrorist" organization and his involvement in killing two brothers for one hundred dollars ,” a statement of the Iraqi Corrections Service received by “Shafaq News”.

The second convicted was also charged in accordance with Article 4 of terrorism and sentenced to death for his involvement in kidnapping three people, killing them and stealing their cars to achieve material benefits and provoke sectarian prejudices .

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon has urged Iraq to abandon the use of the death penalty when he visited Baghdad last January, but Iraqi Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki - who was supporting Ban - scolded him by saying that " Iraq does not believe in respecting the rights of murderers.

Source: Shafaq News, April 7, 2014

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