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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…

Malaysia: Filipino maid to hang for drug trafficking

May 28, 2012: In Malaysia, the High Court sentenced a Filipino maid to the gallows for trafficking 1126.9 grams of cocaine at the Puduraya Bus Terminal in Kuala Lumpur, three years ago.

Judge Datuk Mohd Sofian Abdul Razak sentenced Eliza Sans Gabrier, 45, after the defence had failed to raise any reasonable doubts in the prosecution's case.

In his judgement, Mohd Sofian said the defence's argument was merely denial, as such the court had no other option but to hand her the capital punishment.

Gabrier, who stood in the dock did not give any immediate reaction when the interpreter explained what had transpired, but just closed her face with a white towel.

Throughout the trial, the prosecution led by Deputy Public Prosecutor Lokman Kassim, nine witnesses were called to the stand.

Source: BERNAMA, May 28, 2012

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