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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…

Documentary maker says censorship concerns didn't stop her making film on Myuran Sukumaran's final 72 hours

Death row isolation cells on Nusakambangan Penal island Indonesia
A new documentary that tracks Myuran Sukumaran's final 72 hours before he was executed in Indonesia is about to be screened in Taiwan, a country that still has the death penalty.

Co-writer and producer Maggie Miles says she "worked very closely with Raji Sukumaran," Mr Sukumaran's mother, in making the documentary about her son.

Myuran Sukumaran was a member of the Bali Nine and became an accomplished artist who was "fully rehabilitated" at the time of his execution in 2015.

Ms Miles says Taiwan is the first country in which the death penalty still exists that the film will be shown.

"I was concerned about the censorship process... but I think our cultural considerations in making the film enabled us to get through that censorship process. We focus on the beauty of Myuran's art and his incredible spirit which really exists way beyond his life."

The screenings in Taiwan align with the 40th International Federation for Human Rights Congress and will take place in Taipei.

Source: abc.net.au, Staff, October 17, 2019


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