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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: Unidentified Prisoner Hanged in Public on Murder Charges

Ilham, Iran, Public hanging 5 SEPT 17
An unidentified prisoner was hanged in public in the city of Ilam on murder charges .

Iran Human Rights (SEPT 5 2017): An unidentified prisoner was hanged at 22 Bahman Square in the city of Ilam in front of a crowd of people. 

According to the Iranian state-run media, ISNA, the prisoner was executed on the morning of Tuesday September 5 on murder charges.

The research of Iran Human Rights shows 34 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.


Three reportedly hanged


Iran Human Rights (SEPT 5 2017): A prisoner was reportedly hanged at Ardabil Central Prison on murder charges, and two prisoners were reportedly hanged at Tabriz Central Prison on rape charges.

According to the human rights news agency, HRANA, the execution at Ardabil Central Prison was carried out on Sunday September 3. 

The prisoner has been identified as Adel Karimi, a man in his 50's. 

Sources close to Iran Human Rights have confirmed the execution of Adel Karimi.

According to the Kurdistan Human Rights Network, executions at Tabriz Central Prison were also carried out on Sunday. 

The prisoners have been identified as Dariush Rashidi and Kazem Shiri. 

Sources close to Iran Human Rights have confirmed the execution of these two men and say that their death sentences were reversed several times due to ambiguities in their case files, but they were executed anyway.

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

Source: Iran Human Rights, Sept 5, 2017


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