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Rodney Reed’s death sentence has been stayed after high-profile campaigning

Rihanna, Beyoncé, Meek Mill, Kim Kardashian, and more spoke out

By now, Kim Kardashian’s high-profile (and often successful) advocacy for those disproportionately affected by the criminal justice system is well known, so it probably comes as no surprise that she reported she was on-scene yesterday (November 16) when Rodney Reed received a stay of execution regarding his death sentence.

This follows campaigning for Rodney Reed – who was charged in 1998 with the murder of a woman in Texas two years earlier, but still insists he isn’t guilty – from some big names. 

Obviously Kim got involved, writing in a series of tweets: “Today, I had the honor of meeting (Rodney Reed) 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.”

“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.”

However, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Pusha-T, and Meek Mill also spoke out, among others, partly by sharing links to a petition, which details the alleged “mountains of evidence” against Reed’s guilty verdict. The petition has received almost 3 million signatures so far.

Although, following the pressure, Reed’s death sentence is suspended indefinitely, he still awaits another trial.