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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…

Iran: man hanged in public in Karaj

Iran Human Rights, January 31: One man was hanged publicly in the courtyard of the Karaj police department early Tuesday morning, January 31.

According to the official Iranian news agency IRNA, the man was identified as "H. M." and convicted of driving over and killing a police officer in Karaj in 2009.

According to the reports from the human rights group "Human rights and democracy activists in Iran" the prisoner who was executed today was "Hassan Armin (Mafi)".

According to this report Hassan, who was a coach in kick boxing, was paralysed in both his lower extremities as a result of being beaten while he was in the prison.

Source: Iran Human Rights, Feb. 1, 2012

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