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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 reportedly executes Kurdish political prisoner

According to unofficial reports Habibollah Golparipour was hanged early this morning.

Iran Human Rights (IHR) had yesterday received reports about the transfer of Mr. Golparipour from the Urmia Prison to an unknown location.

On March 15, 2009, Habibollah Golparipour was sentenced to death by branch 1 of the Mahabad Revolutionary Court (in the Western Azerbaijan province) in a trial that lasted a few minutes.

He was sentenced to death charged with "Enmity against the God" and membership in a Kurdish dissident group".

IHR has issued concern about imminent risk of execution for at least four Sunni Muslim Kurdish prisoners of consience who are currently being held in the Ghezel Hesar Prison (near Tehran).

There is also strong concern that two other death row Kurdish political prisoners Zanyar and Loghman Moradi might be in danger of execution.

All these prisoners have been sentenced by the Revolutionary Courts to death charged with enmity against the God.

All these prisoners have been subjected to torture, forced confessions and sentenced to death by sham trials.

IHR urges the international community to condemn today’s executions and react towards the wave of executions in Iran. Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of IHR said: "The silence of the international community sends the wrong signal to the Iranian regime and we are concerned that more prisoners will be executed in the near future. The international community must react now".

Source: Iran Human Rights, October 26, 2013

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