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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 …

Iran Hangs Prisoner in Public During Ramadan

Iran: Public hanging in the Razavi Khorasan province, Jul. 2015
Iran: Public hanging in the Razavi Khorasan province, Jul. 2015
Iran Human Rights, July 15 2015: Official sources in Iran have reported on the public execution of a prisoner in Mahvelat County. 

The prisoner was charged with the rape of an 11-year-old girl who died in the hospital, according to the website of the Judiciary for the province of Razavi Khorasan. 

Iranian authorities reportedly executed the prisoner during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The website for broadcasting in Mahvelat County reports the prisoner was sentenced to death by hanging for rape and also sentenced to death by stoning for adultery. 

Iranian authorities used the Islamic Penal Code to justify the charges and sentencing.

Source: Iran Human Rights, July 15, 2015

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