Texas: Gov. Abbott should grant death row inmate Rodney Reed a reprieve, before it’s too late

Convicted murderer Rodney Reed is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Nov. 20, but Gov. Greg Abbott has the power to stop it.
As it stands, there’s no indication that Abbott will. He has only stopped one execution since becoming governor 5 years ago.
Reed was sentenced to death in 1998, after being convicted of the brutal 1996 rape and killing of a 19-year-old woman from central Texas, Stacey Stites. And though the governor has yet to weigh in on this specific case, he supports capital punishment, as do most voters in the state. According to a June 2018 poll from the University of Texas/Texas Tribune, fully three-fourths of Texans strongly or somewhat support the death penalty.
But the question at hand has nothing to do with the death penalty, per se. Granting a reprieve would simply be the right thing to do — and a necessary precaution against the doubts that would linger, if Reed is executed as scheduled.
Reed has consistently maintained his innocence, and legitimate questions …

Somalia: Four executed for 'spying'

Execution by firing squad in Somalia
(file photo)
September 29, 2014: the militant group Al-Shabaab executed four young men in the town of Barawe after alleging them to be spying for the Federal Government of Somalia and security agencies.

“These men have admitted that they were spies working for the Intelligence unit of the apostate government,” an unnamed Al-Shabaab judge said through voice speaker.

The four young men – Hassan Haji Awoow, 27, Mahdi Hassan Isse, 26, Iidle Mohamed Hassan, 18, and Ahmed Mohamed Adan, 42 – were all executed by a masked firing squad of Al-Shabaab fighters.

The execution occurred at an open field where hundreds of residents including children and women were called to watch as the execution was taking place. According to sources in Barawe who spoke with RBC Radio, the four men were arrested in Barawe in August. 

Source: Radio Mustaqbal/Radio RBC/Somalimemo Online, September 30, 2014

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