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Texas: Rodney Reed granted indefinite stay of execution

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Stay of execution came just hours after parole board unanimously recommended 120-day reprieve
The Texas death row prisoner Rodney Reed was granted a stay of execution on Friday, 5 days before he was scheduled to be put to death for a murder he insists he did not commit.
The Texas court of criminal appeals blocked the execution indefinitely and sent the case back to the trial court in Bastrop county, where Reed was sentenced in 1998 for the murder of Stacey Stites two years earlier.
The court had previously rejected multiple appeals, but Reed’s lawyers argued that fresh evidence bolstered his claim of innocence. 
They said in a statement that they “are extremely relieved and thankful … this opportunity will allow for proper consideration of the powerful and mounting new evidence of Mr Reed’s innocence”.
Millions of people, including a clutch of celebrities, have rallied behind Reed’s cause, helping to generate momentum and public attention as the execution date of 20 November loomed an…

New Hampshire: With Sununu's Veto Looming, GOP Lawmakers Argue Death Penalty Repeal Makes Fiscal Sense

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Currently, New Hampshire does not have an execution chamber. A 2008 estimate put the cost of a lethal injection facility at $1.7 million.  

Governor Chris Sununu has promised to veto a bill that would abolish the death penalty in New Hampshire. But some of his fellow Republicans say ending capital punishment makes fiscal sense. 

They're hoping that argument could, in part, help sway enough votes to overturn a veto. 

Senate Bill 593 passed the Senate last month and cleared the House last week. But neither chamber voted in favor with a high enough majority to override a possible veto.  

Senator Kevin Avard, a Republican from Nashua, is the the bill's primary sponsor and points to millions of dollars in legal costs for death row cases as part of the reason to end capital punishment. 

“And then, when it's all [said] and done, we still have to build a facility,” Avard said. “You know, the fiscal part of it is definitely a contributing factor as to why we should repeal this.”  

Currently, New Hampshire does not have an execution chamber. A 2008 estimate put the cost of a lethal injection facility at $1.7 million.  

Governor SununuRep. David Danielson, a Republican from Bedford, also highlighted costs associated with the death penalty on the House floor last week.  

“As a member of the Finance Committee, my concern with the death penalty is simply the cost of appeals,” Danielson said. “From a financial perspective, then, the death penalty does not make sense for the state of New Hampshire,” he added.  

Senator Avard said he did not know how soon a veto would come from Governor Sununu.  

“I stand with crime victims, members of the law enforcement community, and advocates for justice in opposing a repeal of the death penalty,” Governor Sununu said in a statement. “A top priority of my administration has been to strengthen laws for crime victims and their families. Repealing the death penalty sends us in exactly the wrong direction, and I will veto this bill once it reaches my desk.”

Source: New Hampshire Public Radio, May 1, 2018


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