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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: At Least One Prisoner Hanged in Rajai-Shahr Prison

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Iran Human Rights (Feb 8, 2018): At least one prisoner was hanged at Rajai Shahr Prison on murder charges.

According to a close source, on the morning of Wednesday, February 7, at least one prisoner was executed at Rajai Shahr Prison. 

The prisoner, identified as Mohammad Karimi from Varamin, was sentenced to death on murder charges.

"Mohammad murdered a relative during a fight. The victim attacked Mohammad with a knife and Mohammad punched him in self-defence which led to the victim's death," said a close source to Iran Human Rights (IHR).

He added, "Security cameras recorded the fight, and the video was played in the courtroom. 

However, the judges didn't consider it as self-defence."

It should be noted that on Sunday, February 4, at least ten prisoners were transferred to solitary confinement, a stage prior to their execution. 

Some sources told Iran Human Rights that more than three people were executed at Rajai Shahr Prison on Wednesday, but the executions have not been confirmed by IHR so far.

According to Iran Human Rights annual report on the death penalty, 142 prisoners were executed in Iran for murder charges in 2016. 

There is a lack of any classification of murder by degree in Iran which results in issuing a death sentence for all types of the murder, regardless of intensity and intent.

Source: Iran Human Rights, February 9, 2018


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