Texas: Gov. Abbott should grant death row inmate Rodney Reed a reprieve, before it’s too late

Convicted murderer Rodney Reed is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Nov. 20, but Gov. Greg Abbott has the power to stop it.
As it stands, there’s no indication that Abbott will. He has only stopped one execution since becoming governor 5 years ago.
Reed was sentenced to death in 1998, after being convicted of the brutal 1996 rape and killing of a 19-year-old woman from central Texas, Stacey Stites. And though the governor has yet to weigh in on this specific case, he supports capital punishment, as do most voters in the state. According to a June 2018 poll from the University of Texas/Texas Tribune, fully three-fourths of Texans strongly or somewhat support the death penalty.
But the question at hand has nothing to do with the death penalty, per se. Granting a reprieve would simply be the right thing to do — and a necessary precaution against the doubts that would linger, if Reed is executed as scheduled.
Reed has consistently maintained his innocence, and legitimate questions …

Pakistan: 5 more hangings in 3 Punjab jails

April 16, 2015: Five murder convicts were hanged in Rawalpindi, Gujranwala and Faisalabad, raising the total number of executions to 75 since Pakistan reversed the self-imposed moratorium on the death penalty in December 2014 after the Taliban school massacre.

Two death row inmates – Majid and Qaiser – were executed in Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail in two separate murder cases. 

Majid was accused of murdering six people in Wah Cantt while Qaiser was awarded the death penalty for killing an associate.

Two more prisoners – Aijaz and Abdul Jabbar – were hanged at the Central Jail in Gujranwala. Both the convicts were found guilty of killing two persons in 1995 and 2001 respectively.

Convict Zafar Iqbal was hanged to death in the Faisalabad Central Jail. The inmate was accused of murdering a woman who resisted during a robbery in 2005.

Meanwhile, hanging of two death row prisoners was halted after families of Nizam Din and Muhammad Hussain presented compromise agreement to the jail authorities. 

Sources: geo.tv and dnd.com.pk, April 16, 2015

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