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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: 12 executions in Karaj, Shiraz, Ahvaz and Salmas prisons

Darkness at Noon: Collective hanging in Iran (file photo)
Darkness at Noon: Collective hanging in present-day Iran (file photo)
Anti-human regime of mullahs hanged 12 prisoners in the central prisons of Karaj, Shiraz, Sepidar of Ahvaz and Salmas during days 23 to 25 October. 

One of the five prisoners that were hanged collectively on Tuesday morning, October 25 was a 25-year- old youth by the name of Saeed Pour-Hassan. 

On the day before, three prisoners in Shiraz and two young brothers in Abadan from Arab minority were hanged in the Sepidar prison of Ahvaz. 

In fear of the people’s wrath, repressive SSF (State Security Force) were stationed in various locations in the Salich district of Abadan strictly controlling the people.

Also on October 23, two Kurd prisoners were hanged in in the prison of Salmas.

Meanwhile, Bahram Ghasemi, the regime’s foreign ministry spokesman, described the recent European Parliament resolution about Iran as being “inaccurate” and based on “false information and reports”. He called repression and killing of the Iranian people as an internal issue and said, “We have not and will not allow any individual or country to speak or judge about our internal issues.” (state-run News Network, October 24)

The Iranian Resistance calls all the Iranian people and particularly the brave youths to protest against the brutal death penalty. It reiterates any dealing with the mullahs’ regime should be contingent upon improvement of human rights situation, especially halt of executions.

Source: Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, 26 October 2016

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