On Friday November 15, 2019, the Court of Criminal Appeals in Texas indefinitely stayed Rodney Reed’s execution. Now his case will go back to the trial court where the false testimony and innocence claims will be considered before any further action is taken.
Massive public pressure forced the State of Texas to stay the execution of Rodney Reed, who is ALMOST CERTAINLY INNOCENT. His case will go back to court for further consideration. This good news occurred ONLY because MILLIONS OF PEOPLE signed petitions and THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE phoned Texas’s decision-makers and HUNDREDS OF EVENTS AND VIGILS called for the truth.
He is still in prison, but now the court system can consider the actual evidence instead of the baloney and racial bias that sent him to death row.
Rodney Reed is a black man who was convicted of killing a white woman. Rodney Reed has ALWAYS maintained his INNOCENCE, and he almost certainly is INNOCENT. Racial bias certainly was a factor in the conviction.
It is very likely that the white woman actually was murdered by the white man (a police officer) with whom she was engaged to be married. However, she was also romantically involved with Mr. Reed. It’s easy for a white police officer to blame a black man and get away with it. Crucially important evidence was not considered at trial.
In less than one hour after the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles officially recommended that Governor Greg Abbott stop the execution of Rodney Reed for a 120 day reprieve, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ordered a stay of execution for Rodney Reed. Reed’s “Brady, false testimony, and actual innocence claims” will be considered by the trial court in his case before any further action is taken.
MORE INFORMATION about Rodney Reed’s stay of execution: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/16/rodney-reed-lawyers-relieved-and-thankful-after-stay-execution-granted-texas-court?cd-origin=rss&utm_term=AO&utm_campaign=Daily%20Newsletter&utm_content=email&utm_source=Daily%20Newsletter&utm_medium=Email
See more information at the websites of organizations working to oppose the death penalty. These include — but are not limited to —
ALSO, see much information about the death penalty at the “Death Penalty” part of the blog you are reading now, www.parallaxperspectives.org