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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: Two Prisoners Hanged in Public

Public hangings, Iran, Nov. 1 2015
Two hanged in public in Aliabad-e Katul on Nov. 1, 2015
Iran Human Rights, November 2 2015: Two prisoners, both reportedly 30 years old, were hanged in public in Aliabad-e Katul (a city located in the province of Golestan) early morning Sunday November 1.

According to a report by Tasnim, an official state-run news outlet, citing Esmaeil Mohammadi, the Attorney General of Golestan, the prisoners were executed on alleged rape charges.

The hangings were carried out during the Muslim holy month of Muharram, despite that Iranian authorities do not typically carry out executions during this time.

Source: Iran Human Rights, November 2, 2015

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