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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: Four Prisoners Hanged on Drug Charges

Iran execution (file photo)
Iran Human Rights (JULY 8 2017): Four prisoners were reportedly hanged at Urmia's central prison on drug related charges.

According to close sources, the prisoners were executed on the morning of Saturday July 8.

Iran Human Rights has obtained the names of the prisoners: Khalil Mousavi Kousi, Mir-Jan Abdi, Kheiroldin Mashmoul and Soufi Koloukzadeh Gangchin.

These prisoners were reportedly transferred to solitary confinement 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.

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

Source: Iran Human Rights, July 8, 2017

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