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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: Eight Prisoners Including Woman Executed on Drug Charges

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Eight prisoners, including a woman, were reportedly executed on drug charges at Darya, Urmia's central prison (West Azerbaijan, northwestern Iran).

Iran Human Rights (SEPT 30 2016): According to a report by the unofficial news agency, HRANA, Iranian authorities hanged eight prisoners at Urmia's central prison on the morning of Thursday September 29.

The report says the prisoners were all executed on drug related charges and that one of them was a woman. 

According to the report, the names of the prisoners are: Behnam Pirkozadegan, Ismael Ayoubi, Karam Kolshi, Ghader Mahmoudi, Effendi Omri, Karim (Reza) Abdollahzadeh, Farhad Maleki, and Malouk Nouri.

The executions have been confirmed by Iran Human Rights.

Iranian official sources, including the media and the Judiciary, have been silent on these executions.

Source: Iran Human Rights, September 30, 2016

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