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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 …

Seven Prisoners Hanged in Iran

Iran Human Rights (JAN 11 2017): Seven prisoners were reportedly hanged in southern, western, and northern Iran.

According to Iran state run media, Javan, three prisoners were hanged at Larestan Prison (in the southern provine of Fars) on armed drug trafficking charges. 

The executions were reportedly carried out on Sunday January 10. 

A local state run website, Sohbat, identified the prisoners as: B.G., M.H., and A.B., between the ages of 35 and 40.

According to the human rights group, HRANA, one prisoner was hanged at Khorramabad Prison (in the western province of Mazandaran) on murder charges.

The prisoner, who has been identified as Ghodrat Garavand, was reportedly executed on Sunday January 10. 

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary, have been silent on Garavand's execution.

According to the Mazandaran Judiciary's press department, three unidentified prisoners were hanged at Sari's central prison (in the northern province of Mazandaran) on drug charges. 

The date of the executions and the names of the prisoners were not mentioned in the report.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 11, 2016

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