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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: Prisoners Hanged in Public While Crowd Watched

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A prisoner was hanged in public in the city of Eslamabad-e Gharb (Kermanshah province) on murder charges. 

Photos published from the public execution shows children among the crowd of people who watched the hanging. 

According to a report by the state-run news agency, Mehr, the execution was carried out on the morning of Tuesday September 12. 

The report does not mention the name of the prisoner, but identifies his age as 27.

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.

Man hanged in public in Salmas County


A prisoner was hanged in public in Salmas County (West Azerbaijan) in front of a crowd of people. 

According to a report by the state-run news agency, Javan, the public execution was carried out on the morning of Thursday September 14. 

This report did not identify the prisoner's name, but the Center for Democracy and Human Rights of Kurdistan has identified the prisoner as Davoud Hajizadeh.

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.

Source: Iran Human Rights, Sept. 15, 2017


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