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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…

Saudi beheads man convicted of murder

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Thursday executed a man convicted of murder in the Kingdom's southwest, the Interior Ministry said.

Abulrahman Al-Qarni shot dead fellow Saudi Mushabab Al-Khathami during a dispute, said the ministry statement carried by Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The man was beheaded in the town of Al-Baha in southwestern Saudi Arabia, SPA reported.

The execution brings to six the number of death sentences carried out in the Kingdom so far in 2012, according to an AFP tally based on official reports.

The Kingdom applies the death penalty for a wide range of offenses, including rape, murder, armed robbery and drug trafficking.

Sources: Arab News, Agence France-Presse, Feb. 3, 2012

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