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Texas: Rodney Reed granted indefinite stay of execution

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Stay of execution came just hours after parole board unanimously recommended 120-day reprieve
The Texas death row prisoner Rodney Reed was granted a stay of execution on Friday, 5 days before he was scheduled to be put to death for a murder he insists he did not commit.
The Texas court of criminal appeals blocked the execution indefinitely and sent the case back to the trial court in Bastrop county, where Reed was sentenced in 1998 for the murder of Stacey Stites two years earlier.
The court had previously rejected multiple appeals, but Reed’s lawyers argued that fresh evidence bolstered his claim of innocence. 
They said in a statement that they “are extremely relieved and thankful … this opportunity will allow for proper consideration of the powerful and mounting new evidence of Mr Reed’s innocence”.
Millions of people, including a clutch of celebrities, have rallied behind Reed’s cause, helping to generate momentum and public attention as the execution date of 20 November loomed an…

'Gays should die because they are rotten', says proponent of Kenyan death law

The man behind a Kenyan draft bill that would see gay people sentenced to death by stoning says they are "very rotten". 

Edward Nyakeriga is the author of Kenya's Anti-Homosexuality Bill. 

It would introduce harsh punishments for same-sex sexual activity, with life imprisonment or the death penalty for "aggravated homosexuality". 

Mr Nyakeriga spoke of his disgust at seeing earlier this year Kenyan LGBT campaigners protest against Uganda's anti-gay legislation. 

"It was an expression of the rot and where we are headed as a society and if there is no deterrence, the society will be very rotten," he told the Daily Nation on Tuesday. 

The father of 2 believes the punishment of death would be reserved for foreigners because, in his thinking, same-sex relationships are not an African practice. 

"Whoever wants to bring it sees Kenya as a dumping ground. Ours is an expression of extreme deterrence". 

"You cannot spoil that society in which you are. You cannot dilute its morals," he added. 

The draft bill also introduces life sentences for anyone running "brothels for homosexuality purposes", which could be used to target anyone who lives with a gay person. 

It has the support of the Republican Liberty Party in the Kenyan Parliament. 

The draft bill has been passed to the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee for scrutiny. 

Same-sex sexual activity is already illegal in Kenya. 

Source: Pink News, August 14, 2014

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