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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 …

ISIS executed 2,114 civilians in 19 months, human rights group says

Gay man thrown off building by ISIS militants
Gay man thrown off building by ISIS militants
(CNN) ISIS has executed 3,895 people, more than half of them civilians, since announcing the establishment of a "caliphate state" in June 2014, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Friday.

Of the 2,114 civilians killed, 78 were children and 116 were women, the SORH said in a press release. Civilians were killed by firing squad, beheaded, stoned, thrown off high buildings or burned, SOHR said.

The other people executed included fighters for the Syrian regime, militiamen loyal to the regime and rebel groups like al-Qaeda in Levant, SOHR said.

CNN could not independently verify the information from SOHR. Its website says SOHR is a nonprofit group not connected to any political body or nation.

ISIS even executed 422 of its own members for offenses such as trying to defect, spying for foreign counties and acts of "extremism" against Islam, such as ascribing divine characteristics to Islamic figures or another person, SOHR said.


Reading out a death sentence minutes before it is carried out.
SOHR said people were killed for apostasy, cursing Allah, adultery, espionage, being a member of the national defense, contacting the Al-Nusra Front and homosexuality. A woman was killed for escaping from her husband.

Civilians were massacred in several places: 939 Arab Sunni civilians were killed in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor; 223 Kurdish civilians were killed in Kobani and the nearby village of Barkh Botan; and 46 were killed in the village of Al-Mab'oujeh.

During the period of December 29 to January 29, ISIS killed 188 people, including 113 civilians, the release said. Sixty-four were Syrian regime forces or militiamen loyal to the regime, the release said.

The extremist group announced the establishment of a "caliphate," an Islamic state stretching across the western and northern Iraq, in June 2014.

The leader of the caliphate is Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri al Samarrai, more commonly known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Source: CNN, Ralph Ellis, January 29, 2016


ISIS Executes 18 Civilians in Mosul, Iraq

ISIS has recently executed a number of civilians across its territories in Northern Iraq, including a young Kurdish man in Mosul for allegedly cooperating with Kurdish Peshmerga forces against the terrorist group.

ISIS militants executed a 17-years-old Kurdish man in a military base in their Northern Iraqi stronghold of Mosul.

Sources revealed that the victim was from the predominantly Shabak village of Bajrbog near Bashiq district, and he was abducted by ISIS some 20 days ago.

Since the northern province of Nineveh has fallen into the hands of ISIS in June 2014, the extremist group is conducting mass killings and arbitrary punishments against locals to spread fear in the area and, as a result, leave the civilians with no choice but obedience.

Elsewhere in Salahaddin province, nearly 17 youths received the death penalty by ISIS as they had killed an ISIS member, raised an Iraqi flag on a telecommunication tower in Shirqat district and cooperated with the Iraqi government against ISIS.

Local sources told to the Iraqi media that the insurgents hung the corpses from lamp posts after the executions.

Source: AhlulBayt News Agency, January 31, 2016

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