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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, Khoy, Iran, December 14, 2017
Iran Human Rights (Dec 15 2017): A prisoner was hanged in public in Khoy (Northwestern Iran) on murder charges.

According to IRIB News Agency, on the morning of Thursday December 14, a prisoner was hanged in public in one of the streets of Khoy. 

The 36 year-old prisoner was charged with murder during a street fight in 2012.

The report didn’t mention the identity of the prisoner but the Center for Democracy and Human Rights of Kurdistan identified him as Hadi Asadloo, Son of Seyfali, from Amirbeig Village in Khoy.

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.

Iran is one of the few countries in the world where public executions are carried out.

Source: Iran Human Rights, December 16, 2017


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