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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: 7 Prisoners Hanged in Rajai Shahr Prison

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7 prisoners, mainly charged with murder, were hanged at Rajai Shahr Prison of Karaj.

According to a close source, on the morning of Wednesday October 25, 7 prisoners were executed at Rajai Shahr Prison of Karaj. 

Iran Human Rights (IHR) had previously reported about preparation of at least 10 prisoners of Rajai Shahr Prison for execution. 

The prisoners, mainly charged with murder, were transferred to solitary confinement in a group of 14 on Monday October 23.

The rest of the prisoners who were transferred to solitary confinement were returned to their cells by either wining the consent of the plaintiff or asking for time.

The executed prisoners have not been identified so far.

According to IHR annual report on the death penalty, 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, November 2, 2017


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