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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…

Chinese policeman executed for shooting pregnant woman

Chinese police officers rehearsing
execution procedure
NANNING, July 22 (Xinhua) -- A former policeman was executed on Tuesday for shooting a pregnant woman dead in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Hu Ping, formerly of the public security bureau of Pingnan County, was drunk when he shot the woman and her husband, who ran a rice noodle restaurant, on Oct. 28.

The husband, Cai Shiyong, sustained minor injuries to his right shoulder. His wife, Wu Ying, and their unborn child died after being shot twice.

Hu was sentenced to death for intentional homicide in February by Guigang Intermediate People's Court. He appealed, but the Higher People's Court of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region upheld the verdict in April and the death penalty was approved by the Supreme People's Court.

Hu's crime caused an "abominable influence on society," said the court.

The rulings in the first and second trials were based on "clear facts" and "valid and adequate evidence" and "the conviction was accurate and then penalty proper," it said.

Source: Xinhua, July 22, 2014

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