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…

Somalia: Kenyan stoned to death for alleged espionage

January 10, 2012: Kenyan fighting for the Al-Shabaab was filmed as he was being executed by the Somali militant group for alleged espionage.

The Kenya Defense Forces spokesman Major Emmanuel Chirchir confirmed that the non-Somali Kenyan was stoned to death by the militants in Kismayu after he was convicted of aiding Kenyan troops identify their targets in Somalia.

"It is a fact that a Kenyan was executed in Kismayu, two more are likely to be executed on January 13 afternoon," Chirchir said.

The photos showed a Kenyan man from Nairobi who had been "recruited" by Al-Shabaab and then was stoned to death because he had a different "opinion" from them.

Chirchir said the stoning took place in the southern Somali city of Kismayo, a key target of the Kenyan offensive. The militants are said to have rounded up hundreds of Kismayu residents to come and witness the execution, a tactic they normally use to instill fear in the civilian population.

Source: Xinhua, January 12, 2012

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