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…

Iraq executes 6 convicted with terrorism charges

December 1, 2011: Iraqi Ministry of Justice announced that 6 detainees, convicted with terrorism charges, were executed following the declaration of their final rule.

“The death penalty sentence of 6 convicted was executed this morning by virtue of article 4 of Anti-Terrorism Law,” the ministry reported in a statement which Alsumarianews received a copy of.

“Death penalty was executed after declaring the final rule of the sentence,” the ministry added.

Is considered a terrorist act every violence or threat of sectarian discord and civil war through citizens’ arming as well as their instigation and financing to arm each other, according to Article 4 of 2005’s Anti-Terrorism Law.

Iraqi presidency had approved, on October 20, the execution of 53 convicted including 5 foreigners, an Iraqi official declared.

Justice Minister Hassan Al Shammari reported, on September 5, that his ministry received 40 presidential decrees of death penalty. 5 out of the 40 decrees are ready to be executed, he announced explaining that the execution of the other sentences awaits their ratification.

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani appointed his first deputy Khudair Al Khuzai, on June 13, as well as his second deputy Tarek Al Hashimi, on July 19, to sign death penalty sentences.

Source: Alsumaria.tv, December 1, 2011

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