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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 executes 7 young men, including one in public

Public hanging in Farrokhshahr, Iran, on August 6, 2017
Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor of Shahrekord announced the public execution of a young man on August 6, 2017, according to the state-run IRIB news agency.

The 30-year-old man, convicted of rape had been sentenced to death since 2014. 

Since the case was sensitive, the judiciary process was placed on the agenda and the sentence was carried out in swift nature, Ahmadreza Bahrami said.

The victim identified only by his initials as A.R was publicly hanged in Farrokhshahr, located 10 km from the center of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province in central Iran.

Earlier this week another inmate was hanged on August 5, 2017, on drug charges in Parsilon Prison of Khorramabad, capital of Lorestan Province. He was identified as Hamed Ghaedrahmat.

On the same day, another two inmates were hanged on drug related charges in Urmia Central Prison. The victims were identified as 38-year-old Saeid Pourhormoz and Hossein Shahi. Their executions have not been made public by the state media at the time of this report.

In another development, on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, three young men were executed in Adealabad Prison of Shiraz, southern Iran. The three identified as Abolhasan Abrovan, Ata Attarzadeh, Hassan Arefianfar, were under 20 at the time of committing the crime.

Prisoner hanged in public


Iran Human Rights (AUG 8 2017): A prisoner was reportedly hanged in public in front of a crowd of people in Farrokhshahr. 

According to a report by the state-run news agency IRIB, the prisoner, identified as A.R., 30 years of age, was executed on rape charges.

Sources: Iran HRM, August 6, 2017; Iran Human Rights, August 8, 2017


Prosecutor requests hand amputation for five young men for theft


Five young men were tried on July 10, 2017, for theft in the Tehran Penal Court. The Prosecutor has requested hand amputation for them, according to the state-run Alef website.

During the trial, which was held yesterday morning in the 8th Branch of the Tehran Penal Court, the plaintiffs presented their complaints… 

Despite this, all the plaintiffs stressed that they did not want hand amputation as a punishment for the thieves.

One of the offenders, who is a 24-year-old man, said that he had come from a village to Tehran to find work.

“I was a construction worker here and did not make much money. Because of these problems, I decided to steal,” he said.

The Prosecutor requested hand amputation for all five offenders and the case was sent to court after an indictment was issued.

Source: Iran HRM, July 14, 2017

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