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

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…

Bahrain: Bangladeshi national Jassim Abdulmanan executed on 8 July 2010

Jassim Abdulmanan, a Bangladeshi national sentenced to death in Bahrain in 2007 for murder, was executed on 8 July 2010.

Jassim Abdulmanan was sentenced to death by the High Criminal Court on 17 January 2007, after he had been found guilty of the premeditated murder on 23 October 2005 of Ridar Mian, another Bangladeshi man. Two other Bangladeshi nationals were sentenced to life imprisonment in the same case. The three men lodged an appeal and on 6 April 2009, the Supreme Appeal Court reduced the two life sentences to 15 years' imprisonment, but upheld the death sentence for Jassim Abdulmanan.

On 18 November 2009, Amnesty International launched an Urgent Action calling for Shaikh Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa, the King of Bahrain, not to ratify the death sentence of Jassim Abdulmanan.

The Gulf Daily News has today reported the execution on 8 July 2010 of Jassim Abdulmanan.

Source: Amnesty International, July 9, 2010

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