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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…

North Korea: Defense minister's execution officially confirmed

June 15, 2015: South Korean media reported that North Korea had dispatched official bulletins announcing the execution of Hyon Yong-chol, the former minister of the People’s Armed Forces who was believed to have been executed in Pyongyang around 30 April.

An unnamed source in China said the bulletin confirmed Hyon was executed for insubordination and disobeying the party leadership.

South Korean news network YTN reported the news was sent from North Korean embassies in China and other locations to the host governments, including Beijing.

Since the purge of Hyon, the defence minister has been deleted from official state footage. 

Sources: UPI, HOC, June 15, 2015

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