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: Three executed in Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Multan

May 21, 2015: Three convicts were executed in Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Multan jails, raising the total number of executions to 107 since Pakistan reversed the self-imposed moratorium on the death penalty in December 2014 after the Taliban school massacre.

The first two convicts on death row were hanged early morning in Gujranwala and Faisalabad Central jails. 

The offender, Aijaz, in Central Jail Gujranwala, had committed a murder in 1998. 

While the hanging of another offender, Amjad, who had been convicted of killing a man in 1999, was adjourned at the request of a plaintiff. 

Convict Shaukat Masih was executed in Central Jail Faisalabad after being convicted for a murder committed in 2000. 

While the execution of convict Abid was deferred as according to jail sources. Abid’s relatives had filed an appeal in the High Court for a review of the execution order. 

Meanwhile, in Central Jail Multan, a prisoner, Abbas was also hanged early morning. 

Abbas had murdered his uncle and uncle's son due to an argument over land in 1998. 

Sources: thenews.com.pk, HOC, May 21, 2015

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