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…

Maryland Governor Officially Commutes Death Sentences for 4

Martin O'Malley
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has officially commuted the death sentences of 4 inmates who had been sentenced to die before Maryland banned capital punishment in 2013.

O'Malley officially signed executive orders commuting their sentences on Tuesday [Jan 20, 2015], 1 day before he leaves office.

The Democratic governor signed the commutations for Vernon Evans, Anthony Grandison, Jody Lee Miles and Heath Burch.

In each of the 4 orders, O'Malley wrote that in granting the commutation he intends each inmate to "serve the remainder of his natural life in prison."

O'Malley had announced his plan to commute the sentences last month.

The General Assembly abolished the death penalty 2 years ago, leaving 5 inmates on death row. One of them, John Booth-El, died in prison last year.

Source: Associated Press, January 20, 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