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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: Two Men Hanged in Public in Shiraz

Public hanging in Shiraz, Iran, on June 5, 2016
Iranian authorities hanged two men in public on Sunday June 5 in Shiraz, southern Iran.

Iran Human Rights (June 6 2016): Two men were hanged in public in the city of Shiraz (province of Fars, southern Iran) early morning on Sunday June 5. 

According to confirmed reports, there were dozens of people watching the execution, including small children. 

According to a report by Iranian state-run news agency, Rokna, one of the prisoners, identified as "Mojtaba G", was executed for "committing an act of rape before attempting murder". 

The other prisoner, unidentified, was reportedly executed for "Corruption on earth". The unidentified prisoner was reportedly scheduled to be hanged in public on Thursday June 2, but his execution was reportedly postponed for a few days due to unknown reasons. 

In an earlier report by Iran Human Rights, citing the state-run news agency, Mizan, the unidentified man was sentenced to death for creating an environment of instability in Shiraz by attacking the homes of residents at night and committing acts of rape.

Over the two weeks, there were six public executions reported in Fars, five of them were reportedly carried out in Shiraz. 

According to statistics gathered by Iran Human Rights, in the past several years, the province of Fars has been home to the most public executions in Iran.

Source: Iran Human Rights, June 6, 2016

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