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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 …

Four Prisoners Executed in Northern Iran

Public execution in Iran
Iran Human Rights (SEPT 28 2016): A prisoner sentenced to death for murder was reportedly executed at Urmia Prison while two prisoners in Shahroud and one prisoner in Gorgan prisons were reportedly executed on drug related charges.

According to reports by the unofficial news agency, HRANA, early morning on Monday September 26, a prisoner was hanged at Darya, Urmia's central prison (West Azerbaijan province, northwestern Iran). 

The report identifies the prisoner as Amir Behrouz. 

On Sunday September 25, a prisoner -- identified as Javad Sanjehvali, 33, sentenced to death for drug related offenses -- was reportedly hanged at Gorgan Prison (Golestan province, northern Iran). 

On Thursday September 22, two prisoners sentenced to death for drug related offenses were reportedly hanged at Shahrud Prison (Semnan province, northern Iran). 

HRANA identifies the prisoners as Hossein Arabahmadi, 27, and Rahmatali Saadatiar, 40. 

According to the report, Hossein and Rahmatali were imprisoned and in imminent danger of execution for five to ten years before they were hanged. 

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and the media, have been silent on the executions in this report.

Source: Iran Human Rights, September 28, 2016

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