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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 hangs four, two were flogged before being executed

Karaj, Iran, 2014. A prisoner is flogged before being hanged in public.
Two prisoners were hanged on Sunday, September 3, 2017, in central prison of Tabriz, northwestern Iran. 

The victims identified as Darush Rashidi and Kazem Shiri had been sentenced to death and 100 lashes for rape. 

They were flogged in prison yard before being executed.

“The death penalty for these two prisoners had been suspended several times over the past few years due to ambiguities, but was eventually issued again,” according to an informed source.

A prisoner identified as Adel Karimi, over 50-year-old, was hanged at dawn on the same day, in central prison of Ardebil, northwest Iran. 

He was found guilty of murder. Adel Karimi had been on death row six years in this facility.

In another development, another prisoner was executed on August 30 in Parsilon Prison of Khoram Abad in western Iran. 

The victim identified as Mohammad Mirzaei was found guilty of murder.

These executions have not been made public by the state media to this date.

Source: Iran Human Rights Monitor, Sept. 4, 2017


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