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Innocent on Death Row? New Evidence Casts Doubt on Convictions

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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…

Somalia: Islamists stone 18-year-old boy to death for rape

October 21, 2014: Al-Shabaab militants in southern Somalia publicly stoned an 18-year-old boy to death after he was accused of rape.

The teenager, named as Hassan Ahmed Ali, was accused of raping a 28-year-old woman at gunpoint and sentenced to death by a local judge, Al-Shabaab’s Radio Andalus reported. 

About 100 people witnessed the killing in the main square of Dharuuro, a village in Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region, Mohamed Dhubow, a resident, said by phone.

“Dozens of masked fighters” threw stones at the teenager, who’d been buried up to his neck, Dhubow said. “No one could help him.” 

Source: bloomberg.com, October 22, 2014

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