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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: Four hanged in Saqqez

Hanging in Iran
NCRI - Iran's fundamentalist regime hanged four prisoners on Wednesday, a day after more than two dozen Sunni political prisoners were mass executed by the regime prompting international condemnation.

Three of the victims were hanged on Wednesday, August 3, in a prison in the city of Saqqez, in the western Iranian province of Kurdistan.

They were identified as Mostafa Salimzadeh, 23; Loqman Rashidi, 27; and Kaveh Sohrabi, 31.

A fourth prisoner was hanged on Wednesday in a jail in the city of Taybad, in north-east Iran. He was identified as Majid Nazari.

A further report surfaced on Thursday that three more prisoners were hanged on July 27 in prisons in the north-western Iranian province of Western Azerbaijan. 

They were identified as three Iranian Kurds - Ahmad Rastegar, Shahpour Hashtian and Davoud Mohammadi.

Source: NCRI, August 4, 2016

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