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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: Prisoner Hanged in Public

Public hanging, Iran
Iran Human Rights (Nov 17 2017): A prisoner was hanged in public in Babol (Northern Iran) on murder charges.

According to the human rights news agency, HRANA, on the morning of Monday November 13, a prisoner was hanged in public in Babol (a city in Mazandaran Province). 

The prisoner, identified as Abbas B., 28, was sentenced to death on the charge of murdering a young man during a street fight.

The report mentions that efforts were made to win the consent of the plaintiffs until the last minute, but it was unsuccessful and the execution was carried out.

Although the execution was carried out in public a few days ago, the Iranian state-run media have not announced it so far.

According to Iran Human Rights annual report on the death penalty 33 people have been executed in public in front of large crowds including children in 2016. 

Public executions have been strongly criticized by Iranian human rights activists and sociologists.




Hana News Agency - On November 22 [sic], a prisoner charged with mass murder was executed in Babol city of Mazandaran province.



Source: Iran Human Rights, November 20, 2017


Prisoner hanged in western Iran


Iran Human Rights (Nov 19 2017): A prisoner was executed at Ilam Central Prison (Western Iran) on murder charges.

According to a close source, on the morning of Saturday November 18, a prisoner was hanged at Ilam Central Prison. 

The prisoner, identified as Alireza Sadeghi, was sentenced to death on the charge of murdering a man during a street fight.

“Alireza got into a fight with a man named Behruz Yekravi at Imam Square in Ilam two years ago and killed him with a knife,” said an informed source to Iran Human Rights (IHR).

The execution of this prisoner has not been announced by the state-run media so far.

According to Iran Human Rights 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 20, 2017


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