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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…

Man executed in western Iran over murder charges

Iran, public execution (file photo)
Iran Human Rights (SEPT 26 2017): A prisoner was executed at Yasuj Central Prison on murder charges.

According to IRIB News Agency, on the morning of Tuesday September 26, the execution of a prisoner who was charged with murder was carried out at Yasuj Central Prison.

The prisoner was identified as M., 27 years old, who had run over a person with his car over a tribal dispute.

The chief of police of Choram County said, “After the execution was implemented by the judicial authorities of the province, some members of the murderer’s clan tried to cause chaos which was averted by the police and the security forces”.

Rahimi added, “Currently the tension in the city has calmed down and law enforcement forces are sent to the main areas of the city”.

According to the annual report on the death penalty report by Iran Human Rights, 142 of the 530 execution sentences in 2016 were implemented due to murder charges. 

There is a lack of a classification of murder by degree in Iran which results in issuing death sentence for any kind of murder regardless of intensity and intent.

Source: Iran Human Rights, Sept. 28, 2017


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