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Innocent on Death Row? New Evidence Casts Doubt on Convictions

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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…

Pakistan hangs 4 death row convicts in Punjab

4 death row prisoners were executed in Pakistan early Wednesday morning, ARY News reported.

Lahore, Sahiwal and Bahawalpur cities of Punjab province of Pakistan saw 4 hangings as four death row convicts namely Zahid Hussain, Nazeer Ahmed, Rizwan and Moazzam Khan were executed.

Zahid Hussain was sent to the gallows in Central Jail Sahiwal. He was convicted of killing a police officer Fida Hussain back in the year 2000.

Bahawalpur Jail had convict Nazeer Ahmed hanged to death. Ahmed killed a citizen named Mushtaq over a property dispute.

2 convicts were executed in Lahore city's Kot Lakhpat prison on murder charges

Rizwan was executed for murdering 6 people including Seth Abid's son in 2006. The other convict Moazzam Khan was convicted of killing a man named Nasir Iqbal in 1995.

Pakistan lifted the moratorium on death penalty on Dec. 17, a day after Pakistani Taliban gunmen attacked Army Public School in Peshawar and killed 134 students and 19 adults.

The moratorium, in force since 2008, was initially lifted only in terrorism cases. But the government extended the order in March, directing provincial governments to proceed with hangings for all death row prisoners who have exhausted their appeals and clemency petitions.

Source: arynews.com, April 22, 2015

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