Texas: Gov. Abbott should grant death row inmate Rodney Reed a reprieve, before it’s too late

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 …

Bangladesh: Two hanged in Jessore for murdering freedom fighter in 1994

The authorities in Jessore Central Jail have executed death sentences of 2 for murdering freedom fighter Monwar Hossain 23 years ago.

Senior Superintendent of the jail Kamal Hossain told reporters that the executioners hanged the convicts, Golam Rasul Jhorhu, 75, and Abdul Mokim, 60, at 11:45pm on Thursday.

Both the convicts from Alamdanga Upazila's Durlovpur village in Chuadanga were members of extremist group Purbo Bangla Communist Party.

Kamal said they handed the bodies of the convicts to their families after post-mortem examination.

Jessore Deputy Commissioner Ashraf Uddin, Superintendent of Police Anisur Rahman and Civil Surgeon Dilip Kumar Roy were present during the execution.

Before the execution of the death sentence the imam of the jail mosque administered Tawba of the 2 convicts.

Referring to case dossier, Kamal said some members of the extremist group hacked freedom fighter and Kumari union council member Monwar to death at Durlovpur village on June 28, 1994.

Monwar's brother Ahim Uddin started a case at Alamdanga Police Station, naming 21 people, on the following day.

Chuadanga District and Sessions Judge's court sentenced 3 to death, 2 to lifetime imprisonment and acquitted the 16 others on Apr 17, 2008.

2 of those sentenced to life in prison are Amirul Islam and ‘Hiya’ from the same village.

Monwar’s son Jahangir Alam, who is a member of Kumari union council now, told bdnews24.com that the jail officials informed them about the execution of the death sentences some days ago.

He said members of extremist group 'Janajuddh' threatened his family several times to save the murderers of his father. "We are happy now as the 2 have been hanged."

Monwar’s widow China Khatun said, "We shed tears for years…now it’s the turn of the murderers' families."

Source: bdnews24.com, November 18, 2017

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