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…

Man pardons son’s killer in Saudi

Killer had been on death row

A Saudi father saved the life of his son’s killer by forgiving him in court and refusing a large sum of money as a price for the pardon, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Sheikh Ali Al Omari said he had rejected SR millions (Dh millions) and decided to pardon the killer without receiving diya (blood money).

“I went to court and told the judge I pardoned the defendant…I refused to take SR millions because I wanted to pardon him for God’s sake…I don’t want anything except God’s mercy,” he told Sabq newspaper.

The paper said the killer, the brother of the victim’s wife, committed the murder in the southern town of Makhwah following a rift that led to the divorce of his sister eight years ago. 

The killer had been on the death row since that time.

Source: Emirates 24/7, January 8, 2015

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