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 …

Kenya officially throws out 'Stone The Gays' bill

Bill proposed lifetime imprisonment or death by stoning for both gay Kenyan and foreign people

Kenya's parliament has officially thrown out a proposal that would have punished homosexuality with death by stoning.

The reason is that lawmakers believe current laws, which imprisons gay people for up to 14 years, are satisfactory enough at this time.

This is the 2nd time a proposal to have a law prescribing the death penalty has been denied by a committee.

"The [Justice and Legal Affairs] committee does not agree with the petitioner's proposed legislation as it is unnecessary. Article 45 of the Constitution adequately safeguards and protects family values," a spokesperson for the committee said.

"These provisions adequately protect the family values that apply in our democracy."

But this is not the last we will see of the proposed legislation. The committee said they would reconsider the bill if the leader of the bill, Kiharu MP Irangu Kang'ata, could find more sponsors in parliament.

Speaking to Gay Star News, Kenyan LGBTI rights activist Denis Nzioka said while this is a 'very good step' for Kenya, it should still be a wake-up call.

He said: 'We have seen a lot of anti-gay sentiment being brought out by people, politicians, religious leaders. People want to go the Ugandan way, Nigerian way.

'I thought Kenya was a safe country, the best in the continent apart from South Africa for gay rights.

'But things have got out of our hands. It just shows how in an instant - things can change dramatically.'

Source: Gay Star News, November 18, 2015

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