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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: More Executions on Drug Charges, Authorities Still Silent

Public hanging, Iran
Iran Human Rights (JULY 18 2017): Three more executions reported in Urmia's central prison for drug related charges.

Iran Human Rights had reported on the executions of two prisoners by the names of Mashallah Siyadnavin and Mohammad Reza Sadeghi

According to a report by the human rights news site, Maf News, three prisoners were hanged on drug charges at this prison on Friday July 14. 

The prisoners were identified as Parviz Tamaripour, Faramarz Asgharzadeh, and Ramin Honareh. 

The report confirms that Mashallah and Mohammad were also executed on Friday, despite earlier reports that they were executed on Saturday.

These prisoners along with another prisoner by the name of Tohid Amini were transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for their executions. Tohid's execution sentence was not carried out.

Executions for drug related charges are still being carried out in Iran, even though the general outline of a bill to reform the death penalty for drug charges was approved by the Iranian Parliament. 

If the final bill is approved, the death sentences for many prisoners with drug charges will be commuted to a prison sentence.

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and the state-run media, have not announced these five executions.

Source: Iran Human Rights, July 18, 2017

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