Innocent on Death Row? New Evidence Casts Doubt on Convictions

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…

Saudi Arabia executes 7 for murder, drugs offences

Public execution in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia on Tuesday executed 6 Yemeni men convicted of murder and robbery and a Saudi man for smuggling drugs, the interior ministry said.

The Yemenis were convicted of forming a gang that killed 2 men and a woman in 3 separate attacks on homes in the southern province of Assir, it said in a statement cited by the SPA news agency.

In each attack, they also stole cash and other items, the statement added.

They were executed at Abha in the southwest of the Gulf kingdom.

The 7th convict, a Saudi, was executed in the northern city of Tabuk after being convicted of smuggling pills, the ministry said.

Saudi Arabia, where executions are carried out in public by the sword, has one of the world's highest execution rates.

The kingdom is governed under a strict form of Islamic law, with suspects convicted of "terrorism", murder, rape, armed robbery, homosexuality and drug trafficking facing the death penalty.

Tuesday's executions take the total number of judicial killings in the ultra-conservative country so far this year to 130, according to data compiled by AFP.

Source: Agence France-Presse, November 28, 2017

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