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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: Four Prisoners Executed

Public hanging, Iran
Four prisoners were reportedly executed on the morning of Monday July 3.

Iran Human Rights (JULY 3 2017): On Monday July 3, three prisoners were reportedly hanged at Isfahan Central Prison on drug related charges, and a prisoner was reportedly hanged at Zahedan Central Prison on murder charges.

Close sources have identified the three prisoners as Omid Mohammadzadeh, charged with one kilogram of crystal meth, Seyed Reza Mousavi, charged with 800 grams of crystal meth, and Seyed Reza, charged with an unknown amount of narcotics. "None of these prisoners had any prior convictions," an informed source told Iran Human Rights. 

The three prisoners were reportedly transferred to solitary confinement on Saturday July 1 in preparation for their executions.

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.

The Baloch Activists Campaign group reported on the execution of a prisoner at Zahedan Central Prison who was identified as Hossein Reigi, 50 years ago age. Mr. Reigi was reportedly imprisoned for seven years before he was executed.

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and the media, have not announced these four executions.

Source: Iran Human Rights, July 3, 2017

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