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

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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: Four hanged in Lahore, Multan, Sahiwal

May 23, 2015: At least four murder convicts were sent to the gallows in the jails of Lahore, Multan and Sahiwal, raising the total number of executions to 111 since Pakistan reversed the self-imposed moratorium on the death penalty in December 2014 after the Taliban school massacre.

Two death row inmates were executed in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Central Jail. 

One of them, identified as Ehsaan, was sentenced to death by an anti-terrorism court (ATC) for killing a person in 2002, while Rashid Muneer, had killed two people, Khalid and Imtiaz, over a minor dispute in 1991.

Abdul Ghaffar was executed in Multan Central Jail for killing his wife and two other people in 1999 over a family dispute.

Mohammad Wazir was hanged in Sahiwal Central Jail for killing a man in Rajanpur in 1991.

Meanwhile, murder convict Mohammad Saleem got a reprieve as the aggrieved side approached the magistrate with the deal document at the eleventh hour. Saleem had killed his cousin in 2004. 

Sources: PTI, Dunya News, khybernews.tv, HOC, May 23, 2015

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