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: Two hanged in Machh, Faisalabad jails

2 death-row convicts were hanged to death in Machh and Faisalabad jails on Wednesday morning.

Mohammad Musa was hanged in Balochistan's Machh jail for murdering a man named Liaqat Ali in Quetta's Alamadar road area. He was convicted by a sessions court judge in 2007.

The appeals of the convict had been rejected by higher and superior courts and his mercy petitions was also rejected by President of Pakistan.

The home department issued his black warrant yesterday and Musa was consequently hanged today.

Another condemned prisoner Ali Gul was also scheduled to be hanged but he was pardoned by the victim's family.

This was the 1st hanging at Machh jail since former Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) worker Saulat Mirza's execution.

In Faisalabad's Central Jail, condemned prisoner Zulfiqar was sent to the gallows for murdering a taxi driver named Anwar in 2000 in the Thikriwala police station jurisdiction.

In 2000, an anti-terrorism court (ATC) had sentenced him to death under the anti-terrorism act (ATA), whereas his black warrant was issued yesterday.

Pakistan lifted its moratorium on the death penalty in all capital cases on March 10.

Initially executions were resumed for terrorism offences only in the wake of a Taliban massacre at an army-run school in Peshawar which had claimed the lives of more than 150 persons, mostly schoolchildren, on December 16, 2014.

The United Nations, the European Union, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have called on Pakistan to re-impose its moratorium on the death penalty.

Source: Pakistan Herald, May 20, 2015

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