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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: Two Men and a Woman Hanged on Drug Charges

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Two men and a woman were hanged on drug related charges at Rasht's central prison.

Iran Human Rights (JULY 2 2017): On Saturday July 1, two men and one woman were reportedly hanged at Rasht's central prison on drug related charges. 

According to close sources, these three prisoners were transferred to solitary confinement on Thursday in preparation for their executions. 

Close sources have identified the two men as Sallaholdin Par and Jafar Saadanloo. The woman was identified as the wife of Jafar Saadanloo, but her name is not known at this time.

"Sallaholdin was sentenced to death on the charge of trafficking and possessing three kilograms of crystal meth," an informed source told Iran Human Rights.

Since the start of 2017, 133 individuals have been executed in Iran on drug related charges. 

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.


Prisoner Hanged on Drug Charges


On Sunday July 2, a prisoner was reportedly hanged at Zanjan Prison on drug related charges. Close sources have identified the prisoner as Abbas Savaghi, 38 years of age, arrested in 2015 on drug related charges.

"Abbas was married and worked as a taxi driver. They had found some crystal meth in his car," an informed source tells Iran Human Rights. "Executions in Zanjan Prison are normally carried out on Tuesdays, but they carried out Abbas's execution on Sunday."

Iran Human Rights had published a report warning about the imminent execution of Abbas Savaghi and 16 others.

Source: Iran Human Rights, July 2, 2017

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