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

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 …

USA: New Hampshire Senate Votes To Keep Death Penalty Law

CONCORD, NH (CBS)- The New Hampshire Senate floor was the site of passionate debate on the controversial issue of capital punishment Thursday.

“I am struggling and have struggled with this decision,” said Sen. Donna Soucy, a democrat from Manchester.

She was one of 12 senators who voted to repeal the death penalty.

The vote ended in a 12-12 tie. A tie vote means the death penalty statute stays intact.

“Because I believe that there are some crimes that are that heinous, I support the death penalty,” said Sen. Jeb Bradley, a republican from Wolfeboro.

Supporters and opponents of the death penalty were packed inside the senate chambers and outside the state house as senators made their positions clear.

“State-sponsored execution is not justice when we stoop to the level of the killer and it changes nothing,” said Sen. Bette Lasky, a democrat from Nashua.

The vote was predominantly along party lines.

Most republicans voted to keep the death penalty in place.

Opponents of the death penalty say they will continue their fight.

“The death penalty is a failed public policy,” said Arnie Alpert from the New Hampshire Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. “It doesn’t work, it doesn’t protect public safety, it does not provide support for our police officers, it does not reduce violent crime.”

"The 12-12 vote only tabled the bill momentarily. We are still working on getting the 13th vote and have the remainder of the session to do so. There will be no let up and efforts," says John-Michael Dumais, Campaign Director for the NH Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

The New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police supports the death penalty.

“I think it’s really important to keep the death penalty on the books for especially egregious cases,” said Tara Laurent, police chief in Greenland.

Today’s actions were watched closely because the House of Representatives had already voted to repeal the death penalty, and Governor Maggie Hassan had indicated she would have signed it into law if it had made it through the Senate.

“I know that each Senator listened to all viewpoints and made a difficult decision,” said Governor Hassan in a statement following the vote.

New Hampshire remains the only state in New England where the death penalty is legal, although nobody has been executed in the Granite State since the 1930’s.

Currently there is one person on New Hampshire’s death row.

For more information, visit New Hampshire Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty 

Source: CBS, April 18, 2014

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