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: 11 prisoners hanged in Shiraz and Qazvin

Public execution in Iran (file photo)
The Iranian regime's henchmen hanged at least 11 prisoners is cities of Shiraz and Qazvin.

A group of eight prisoners were hanged secretly on Sunday, December 14 in Adelabad Prison in city of Shiraz.

Two other inmates were hanged on Wednesday in the same prion.

Another prisoner was hanged in the central prison of Qazvin on December 16.

In another anti-human measure, two young men were lashed in public in Chamestan, Mazandaran Province in northern Iran. 

Moslemzadeh, the regime’s judiciary official in Mazandaran, stated that each prisoner received 40 lashes.

On December 18, the 61st resolution condemning violation of human rights in the Iran under the mullahs’ rule was adopted by the UN General Assembly.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, urged the international community to adopt binding provisions against the rising trend of executions and the systematic and serious violation of human rights in Iran. Particularly that this regime is the world’s record holder not just in the number of executions, but in most realms for the most barbaric suppressions.

She called for the referral of the regime of Velayat-e faqih criminal record to the International Criminal Court by the United Nations Security Council.

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