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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…

Iran: 23 executions in 2 days

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Iranian Resistance calls for saving the lives of 10 young prisoners facing the gallows

At a time when 23 prisoners were executed on May 17 and 18 in the prisons of Urumieh, Tabriz, Yazd, Yasouj, Sari and Mashhad across Iran, another 10 young prisoners between the ages of 21 and 25 are currently facing imminent execution. 

On Saturday, May 21, these inmates were transferred from various wards, including the youths’ ward, in Gohardasht Prison in Karaj (west of Tehran) to solitary confinement in the quarantine ward of this facility, specifically allocated for prisoners before being sent to the gallows. 

The Iranian Resistance calls on the international community and especially human rights organizations to take urgent action aimed at preventing these vicious executions. The goal of the mullahs’ regime in Iran, already engulfed in crises, in increasing the horrendous use of executions is to cement a climate of fear in society to rein in increasing social protests.

Yasouj public prosecutor Mehrdad Karimi said that these executions “will teach a lesson for others in the society, and the judiciary will take action with the utmost severity and full jurisdiction.”

“There is no longer any time for counseling and this is a black month for hooligans and thugs; a new trend has been launched in the judiciary system… in the next few days several hooligans and thugs will be executed,” said Isfahan Province police chief Abdulreza Agha-Khani while launching the oppressive “Social Security” plan from May 21 and announcing the arrest of seven individuals described as ‘hooligans and thugs.’

“In implementing the plan to improve security, the struggle against hooligans and thugs is priority number one, and actions will be taken against drug distributors, people harassing women, raucousness regarding vice and hijab regulations, violating luxurious halls and restaurants, dog runners and vehicles with +20% tinted windows,” he added. (State-run Tasnim news agency – May 21, 2016).


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