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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: Three executions carried out, two in front of large crowds

Parsabad public execution, Iran, 20 SEPT 2017
A man was hanged in public as a large crowd of people, including children, watched.

Iran Human Rights (SEPT 21 2017): A man by the name of Ismael Rangerz was hanged in public in the city of Parsabad (Ardabil province) on murder and rape charges.

According to various state-run news agencies, the public execution was carried out on Wednesday September 20 in front of a large crowd of people, including children.

The judicial process for the prisoner lasted for a total of three months before his execution was carried out. 

Iran Human Rights is concerned that Ismael Rangers did not receive a fair trial.

The research of Iran Human Rights shows 33 people were hanged in public in Iran in 2016 and an audience of hundreds of people, including children, were present for most of these hangings. 

Human rights activists and informed members of civil society have always severely criticized this issue.


Parsabad public execution, Iran, 20 SEPT 2017


An unidentified man was hanged in public on murder charges

Golestan public hanging, Iran, 20 SEPT 2017
Iran Human Rights (SEPT 21 2017): An unidentified prisoner was reportedly hanged in public on the charge of murder of a police officer. 

The public execution was carried out on Wednesday September 20 in the province of Golestan.

According to the state-run news agency, Tasnim, the prisoner was arrested and sentenced to death last year. 

"This individual was sentenced to death on the charges of extortion, armed shooting and creating a state of fear and terror in society. He had wounded five police officers, and one of these officers, whose name is Hussein Deilam Katouli, was killed," says the head of the Judiciary in Golestan. 

The prisoner's name was not released in any of the state-run news reports.

The research of Iran Human Rights shows 33 people were hanged in public in Iran in 2016 and an audience of hundreds of people, including children, were present for most of these hangings. Human rights activists and informed members of civil society have always severely criticized this issue.


A man and a woman were executed in two different Iranian prisons on murder charges


Iran Human Rights (SEPT 21 2017): A man was reportedly hanged at Mashhad Central Prison on murder charges, and a woman was reportedly hanged at Zanjan Central Prison on murder charges.

According to the state-run news agency, Khorassan News, the prisoner at Mashhad Central Prison, was executed on the morning of Monday September 18. 

The report did not identify the name of the prisoner, but identified his age as 29.

According to the state-run news agency, Mehr News, the execution at Zanjan Central Prison was carried out on Tuesday September 19. 

The woman was identified only by the initials.

Source: Iran Human Rights, September 21, 2017


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