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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…

'Gays should die because they are rotten', says proponent of Kenyan death law

The man behind a Kenyan draft bill that would see gay people sentenced to death by stoning says they are "very rotten". 

Edward Nyakeriga is the author of Kenya's Anti-Homosexuality Bill. 

It would introduce harsh punishments for same-sex sexual activity, with life imprisonment or the death penalty for "aggravated homosexuality". 

Mr Nyakeriga spoke of his disgust at seeing earlier this year Kenyan LGBT campaigners protest against Uganda's anti-gay legislation. 

"It was an expression of the rot and where we are headed as a society and if there is no deterrence, the society will be very rotten," he told the Daily Nation on Tuesday. 

The father of 2 believes the punishment of death would be reserved for foreigners because, in his thinking, same-sex relationships are not an African practice. 

"Whoever wants to bring it sees Kenya as a dumping ground. Ours is an expression of extreme deterrence". 

"You cannot spoil that society in which you are. You cannot dilute its morals," he added. 

The draft bill also introduces life sentences for anyone running "brothels for homosexuality purposes", which could be used to target anyone who lives with a gay person. 

It has the support of the Republican Liberty Party in the Kenyan Parliament. 

The draft bill has been passed to the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee for scrutiny. 

Same-sex sexual activity is already illegal in Kenya. 

Source: Pink News, August 14, 2014

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