FEATURED POST

Innocent on Death Row? New Evidence Casts Doubt on Convictions

Image
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…

3 more beheaded under new Saudi king

Public beheading in Saudi Arabia (file photo)
Saudi Arabia on Tuesday beheaded 2 more of its citizens and a Pakistani, continuing the strictest punishment under new King Salman.

Omar bin Yahya bin Ibrahim al-Barkati was tried and convicted of incest, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

"He was executed as punishment for his crime and as a lesson to others," the ministry said, adding that authorities carried out the sentence in southwestern Asir region.

In a separate case, Yassir bin Hussein al-Hamza was executed in northwestern Jawf region after his trial and confession for smuggling amphetamine pills, the ministry said.

A 3rd convict, Latif Khan Nurzada, a Pakistani, was executed for trafficking heroin into the kingdom. He was executed in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, the ministry said in another statement.

According to an AFP tally, their executions bring to 16 the number of Saudis and foreigners put to death this year under the kingdom's strict version of Islamic sharia law.

4 have been executed since King Salman took office last Friday after the death of his predecessor Abdullah.

Under Abdullah, the number of executions jumped from 27 in 2010 to around 80 annually, with 87 last year.

The oil-rich Gulf Arab state faces constant international criticism over its human rights record, including the use of the death penalty.

Source: timeslive.com, January 27, 2015

Report an error, an omission: deathpenaltynews@gmail.com

Most Viewed (Last 7 Days)

Texas: Rodney Reed granted indefinite stay of execution

Nov 16, 1900: Preston John Porter Jr., 16, Lynched and Burned Alive in Limon, Colorado

Texas: James Martinez executed

Calls on Singapore to halt hanging of Malaysian national Abd Helmi at dawn on Friday

Indonésie : dans la prison de Serge Atlaoui, condamné à mort

Malaysia: Four men caned for having gay sex

Sedley Alley: Man executed 13 years ago may be proven innocent by DNA

Judge halts all scheduled federal executions

Thailand: American escapee pronounced dead

Texas: Man sentenced to death for killing gas station clerk during robbery