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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 Prisoners Executed, One of them in Public

Medieval and barbaric: Watching a public hanging in Iran
Watching a public hanging in Iran
An unidentified prisoner sentenced to death on rape charges was reportedly hanged in public in Shiraz in front of a crowd of people. Another prisoner was reportedly hanged at Khorramabad's Parsilon Prison on drug related charges.

Iran Human Rights (MAY 29 2017): On the morning of Sunday May 28, an unidentified prisoner sentenced to death on rape charges was reportedly hanged in public in Shiraz in front of a crowd of people. 

The execution was announced by the state-run news agency Rokna.

On Friday May 26, a prisoner was reportedly hanged at Khorramabad's Parsilon Prison on the charge of possession and trafficking 850 grams of heroin. 

The HRANA human rights news agency has identified the prisoner as Morteza Sanaie, 55 years of age. 

Iranian official sources, including the media and the Judiciary, have not announced Morteza Sanaie's execution.

Iranian parliament members had formerly requested from the Judiciary to stop drug related executions for at least five thousand prisoners pending further investigation. However, the request has not stopped the Judiciary from carrying out death sentences for prisoners with drug related charges.

Source: Iran Human Rights, May 29, 2017

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Medieval, barbaric and sickening: This is what judicial death by hanging means in present-day Iran. These three men are lifted off the ground from a crane until they suffocate and die. This video was reportedly recorded in 2014 (source: LiveLeak).

WARNING: This video contains graphic content and may be very upsetting to some people.





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