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…

Afghanistan to review cases of 400 convicts sentenced to death

The Presidential Palace officials have said the government will review the cases of 400 convicts sentenced to death by the courts of the country.

The officials have further added that majority of the cases are pending signature of President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, however, they insisted that the government will seek alternatives for the convicts who are waiting for death penalty.

President Ghani's legal advisor, Abdul Ali Mohammadi has told The Radio Free Europe (RFE) that the execution of over 400 convicts is a major issue for the government of Afghanistan.

Mohammadi further added that President Ghani is committed to ensure justice and his recent visit to Pul-e-Charkhi prison is an example of his commitment to maintain justice in the country.

According to reports, around 100 cases have been approved by the Supreme Court of Afghanistan and is pending the signing of the president, while over 300 others have not been approved by the Supreme Court.

This comes as at least 6 people, including a notorious Mafia leader were recently executed in Kabul after their execution was approved by former President Hamid Karzai and Kabul courts.

The review of prisoners cases was recently instructed by President Ghani and around 7,300 cases have been forwarded to the presidential palace by the Attorney General Office of Afghanistan.

Source: Khaama Press, October 14, 2014

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