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…

Papua New Guinea Rules Out Lethal Injection in Hunt for Execution Method

October 11, 2014: Papua New Guinea's government has ruled out lethal injection as it continues to determine how to apply the death penalty.

While the death penalty has never been outlawed in PNG, the government controversially revived it for violent crimes last year after a string of sorcery-related murders.

The Secretary for Justice and the Attorney General, Lawrence Kalinoe, told a gathering in Southern Highlands that lethal injection had been dropped as an option because of restrictions placed on accessing the drugs needed by the manufacturer.

Mr Kalinoe says a comprehensive report has been submitted to cabinet for it to choose from the remaining options: hanging, electrocution, deprivation of oxygen or firing squad.

The Post Courier reports 13 people are on death row in PNG. 

Source: colle-log-en.w.ezic.info, October 11, 2014

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