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…

Maldives: Two 16-year-old murder convicts sentenced to death

May 11, 2015: the Juvenile Court sentenced two 16-year-old murder convicts to death.

One of the minors was accused of murdering Hussein Waheed while the other was accused of aiding the crime. One of them had attacked Waheed while the other had helped him escape on his motorcycle. Both defendants had denied the crime.

However, the Court’s verdict states that four witnesses had testified against the minor facing murder charges while three witnesses had testified against the minor charged with aiding him.

Waheed’s family had also demanded that the culprits be given a death sentence.

This is the Juvenile Court's second death sentence since 27 April 2014, when detailed regulations on the implementation of the death sentence came into force in the Maldives.

According to the new regulation, minors convicted of intentional murder shall be executed once they turn 18. 

Source: Haveeru Online and Hands Off Cain, May 11, 2015

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