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Did Texas execute an innocent man? Film revisits a haunting question.

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Texans will have an opportunity to revisit a question that should haunt anyone who believes in the integrity of our criminal justice system: Did our state execute an innocent man? 
The new film “Trial by Fire” tells the true story of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was sentenced to death for setting a fire to his home in Corsicana that killed his three young daughters in 1991. The film is based on an investigative story by David Grann that appeared in the New Yorker in 2009, five years after Willingham was executed over his vociferous protestations of innocence.
In my experience of serving 8 years on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and 4 years as a state district judge in Travis County, the Willingham case stands out to me for many of the same reasons it stood out to filmmaker Edward Zwick, who calls it a veritable catalogue of everything that’s wrong with the criminal justice system and, especially, the death penalty. False testimony, junk science, a jailhouse informant, and ineffe…

Three men hanged in Isfahan, Iran

Iran Human Rights, December 20: Three men were hanged in the prison of Isfahan (central Iran) according to the official site of Isfahan’s judiciary this morning.

According to the report the three men were identified as "Ghodrat Gh." (55) convicted of trafficking of 141,5 kg. of opium, Khan Mohammad Daraei (age not mentioned) for keeping 120 g. of Crack and 2 g. of marijuana, selling 15 g. of heroin, and drug addiction, and "Mostafa Ch." convicted of keeping 135,4 g. of heroin, 35,6 g. of opium and addiction to opium.

Iran Human Rights underlines that the charges are only according to the Iranian authorities and have not been confirmed by independent sources.

Condemning today’s executions, Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of Iran Human Rights said: "We are concerned about possible executions in the Christmas holidays. Iranian authorities often choose major holidays for mass executions in order to avoid international attention. Last year 10 people were hanged on Christmas Eve and 2 people were stoned to death on December 26." He added: " The situation of the human rights in Iran has not been as bad as today since the end of 1980’s."

Source: Iran Human Rights, December 20, 2009

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