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Innocent on Death Row? New Evidence Casts Doubt on Convictions

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Rodney Reed’s death sentence was suspended. But researchers say other current cases raise similar doubt about the guilt of the accused.
The number of executions in the United States remains close to nearly a three-decade low. And yet the decline has not prevented what those who closely track the death penalty see as a disturbing trend: a significant number of cases in which prisoners are being put to death, or whose execution dates are near, despite questions about their guilt.
Rodney Reed, who came within days of execution in Texas before an appeals court suspended his death sentence on Friday, has been the most high-profile recent example, receiving support from Texas lawmakers of both parties and celebrities like Rihanna and Kim Kardashian West, who urged a new examination of the evidence.
Mr. Reed has long maintained that he did not commit the 1996 murder for which he was convicted. And in recent months, new witnesses came forward pointing toward another possible suspect: the dead…

Saudi Arabia executes 71st prisoner this year

Public execution in Saudi Arabia (file photo)
Public execution in Saudi Arabia (file photo)
Campaigners warn country kills people at a 'frightening' rate

SAUDI Arabia this morning executed its 71st criminal in 2016, as campaigners warned the country is killing people at a “frightening” rate.

Abdullah Rouwaili had been found guilty of trafficking amphetamines and was put to death in the northern Tabuk region, the interior ministry said.

Most people executed in Saudi Arabia are beheaded with a sword.

The 71 executions so far this year include 47 death sentences for “terrorism” carried out in a single day on January 2. 

In 2015, Saudi Arabia executed 153 people, most of them for drug trafficking or murder.

Rights group Amnesty International says the number of executions in Saudi Arabia last year was the highest for two decades.

However, the tally was far behind those of China and Iran.

The kingdom has a strict Islamic legal code under which murder, drug trafficking, armed robbery, rape, homosexuality and apostasy are all punishable by death.

Source: Agence France-Presse, March 8, 2016

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