The first step. Kim Kardashian shared an emotional message about Rodney Reed, which is the latest case she’s taken on in her law apprenticeship. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star celebrated the delay in Reed’s execution, which will allow him to begin a new trial to consider new evidence in his case.
“Today, I had the honor of meeting #RodneyReed in person and the privilege of sitting with him when he got the news that the highest court in Texas had issued a stay of execution and remanded the case back to the trial court for further consideration,” Kim, 39, wrote in her caption. “Words cannot describe the relief and hope that swept over the room in that moment. That hope had been building over the last few weeks around Rodney’s case. We have seen Democrats and Republicans come together. We have seen grassroots activists and lawmakers link arms. We have heard people all around the globe speak up. And all because of a deep belief that every man or woman accused of a crime — especially one punishable by death — deserves the chance to have all available evidence considered.”
“So grateful for the commitment and passion of everyone who voiced their support, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles for their recommendation to issue a 120 day reprieve, and the courts for issuing a stay!” she continued.
Kim started working on Reed’s case last month, after his case received a lot of attention from celebrities like Rihanna and Beyoncé. Reed, 51, was facing execution on November 20, for his alleged involvement in the 1996 assault, rape and strangling of 19-year-old Stacey Stiles, according to CNN. But Reed’s attorneys, as well as his team from the Innocence Project, claim they have new evidence that will exonerate him and prove his innocence.
PLEASE @GovAbbott How can you execute a man when since his trial, substantial evidence that would exonerate Rodney Reed has come forward and even implicates the other person of interest. I URGE YOU TO DO THE RIGHT THING.
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) October 19, 2019
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“PLEASE @GovAbbott, how can you execute a man when since his trial, substantial evidence that would exonerate Rodney Reed has come forward and even implicates the other person of interest. I URGE YOU TO DO THE RIGHT THING,” Kim pleaded with Texas Governor Greg Abbott on October 19.
Governor Abbott granted the 120-day reprieve, and Reed’s case will return to a state judge in Bastrop County in Texas, where he was convicted.
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