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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: 30 Executions Carried Out in Last Ten Days

Iranian authorities have hanged four prisoners in northwestern Iran on drug charges. This brings the total of prisoners who have been executed in Iran in the last ten days to 30.

Iran Human Rights (APR 19 2016): On the morning of Tuesday April 19, four prisoners were reportedly hanged on drug charges at Urmia's central prison, Darya. 

According to the Kurdistan Human Rights Network, the names of the four prisoners are: Majid Moradi, Ahmad Mohi, Alireza Sarian, and Mansour Raziani. Iranian officials sources, including state media and the Judiciary, have been silent about these executions.

The rate of executions in Iran had significantly decreased during a three-month period, from the outset of 2016 until after the Iranian parliamentary election and the Nowruz holiday. 

However, executions have resumed since April 2016. 

According to Iran Human Rights, 30 people have been executed in Iran in the last ten days alone.

Source: Iran Human Rights, April 19, 2016

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