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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…

Woodlands pharmacy that sold compounded pentobarbital to Texas DOC asks for it to be returned

The Woodlands Compounding Pharmacy letter
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"My name and the name of my pharmacy are posted all over the internet.” - Jasper Lovoi

By Execution Watch
THE WOODLANDS, Texas - The pharmacy that made a batch of hard-to-get pentobarbital for Texas executioners accused prison officials today of breaking their word to keep the transaction secret and demanded the return of the vials.

"It was my belief that this information would be kept on the 'down low' and that it was unlikely that it would be discovered that my pharmacy provided these drugs," the owner of the pharmacy wrote in a letter to the director of prisons and other state officials.

"I took steps to ensure it would be private,” wrote Jasper Lovoi, owner of The Woodlands Compounding Pharmacy. “However, the State of Texas misrepresented this fact, because my name and the name of my pharmacy are posted all over the internet.”

Texas, which uses a deliberate overdose of the anesthetic pentobarbital to kill condemned prisoners in the busiest death chamber in the United States, faced a crisis recently when its supply of the drug expired.

Pressure from international human rights groups has recently prompted manufacturers of pentobarbital and other drugs used in lethal-injection executions to tighten controls over their sale and distribution.

Lovoi was unprepared for the intensity of interest in his pharmacy after prison officials responded to a journalist's formal request for information by revealing his pharmacy’s name.

"Now that the information has been made public, I find myself in the middle of a firestorm that I was not advised of and did not bargain for,” he wrote.

Lovoi asked state officials to contact him at once about returning the vials of pentobarbital for a full refund in an effort to focus attention away from his business.

"I and my staff are very busy operating our pharmacy and do not have the time to deal with the constant inquiries from the press, the hate mail and messages,” he wrote.

Source: Execution Watch, October 5, 2013

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