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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…

Anticipating Ramadan, Pakistan hangs 11 convicts in one day

Erecting scaffolds : Pakistan lifted its moratorium on the death penalty
LAHORE: Eleven murder convicts were today hanged in jails across Pakistan, two days before a temporary ban on executions begins during the holy month of Ramadan.

One prisoner was hanged to death in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat Jail. He was sentenced to death for killing a man in 2014 over an old feud.

Three convicts imprisoned were hanged in Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi. They killed more than one person in 1990 over a long-standing rivalry.

Two convicts were hanged in Faisalabad's Central Jail.

A prisoner, accused of raping and killing a 12-year-old girl in 1999, was hanged in Gujranwala Central Jail.

Another death-row convict jailed for the murder of three in 1999, was hanged in Sialkot District Jail. Two murder convicts were hanged in Bahawalpur Jail.

One murderer was hanged in Jhelum and Dera Ghazi Khan jails respectively for killing close relatives over a a long-standing rivalry.

Two convicts were hanged in Faisalabad's Central Jail.

Another death-row convict jailed for the murder of three in 1999, was hanged in Sialkot District Jail. Two murder convicts were hanged in Bahawalpur Jail.

One murderer was hanged in Jhelum and Dera Ghazi Khan jails respectively for killing close relatives over a dispute.

With the 11 executions, the total number of prisoners executed in Pakistan crossed 150 after the government lifted the self imposed ban on death penalty in December after the terrorist attack at the Army Public School in Peshawar, which claimed 150 lives, mostly children.

On June 13, the government imposed a temporary ban on executions during the upcoming holy month of Ramadan.

Source: The Economic Times, PTI, June 16, 2015

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