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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…

One prisoner was hanged in Varamin (west of Tehran) - 34 executions in five days

Iran Human Rights, January 6: One man was hanged in the prison of Varamin yesterday morning January 5, reported the Iranian state media.

According to the state run Mehr news agency, the man who was identified as Nazar Ali Moradi (53 years old) was convicted of keeping 215 grams of heroin and 10 kilograms of opium. The execution took place in the Khorin prison of Varamin, said the report.

According to the official and unofficial reports at least 34 prisoners have been executed during the first five days of the the year 2012.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 6, 2012

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