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…

Iran: 3 Kurds and one Iranian executed in Urmia

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3 Kurds and an Iranian citizen have been executed in the Urmia city of East Kurdistan.

The 4 people who were accused of drug sale were hanged yesterday evening. 

The 2 Kurds punished with death were identified as Resid Elizade (55) and Selahedin Melayi (37), while the name of another 44-year-old prisoner couldn't be learned. The other is reported to be an Iranian citizen from the town of Kerece.

Last Saturday, Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, was hanged in a Tehran prison in Iran after being found guilty of murdering an older man in what she says was self defense. The man is said to have been trying to sexually abuse her.

An international campaign urging a reprieve has brought a temporary stay in execution, which was due to be carried out on 30 September but was postponed for 10 days, but failed to prevent the implementation of the death sentence for the young woman who -Human rights group Amnesty International said - was convicted after a deeply flawed investigation.

Source: Firat news, October 28, 2014

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