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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…

Malaysian, Indonesians arrested in Bali with meth hidden in rectum

Bali drug smugglers
A Malaysian has been arrested in Bali for allegedly attempting to smuggle drugs onto the resort island.The police found crystal methamphetamine hidden in his rectum.

AA, 23, was arrested by Ngurah Rai Airport customs and excise officers on March 11 upon his arrival at the international airport via Thai AirAsia FD 396 from Bangkok. AA was arrested along with his two Indonesian friends, S, 24, and AP, 25, who also brought drugs into Bali. 

AA, S and AP were looking suspicious when they were passing the security check at the customs desk of the airport's international terminal.

"X-ray scanning showed that there were suspicious things in their bodies and among their belongings," Ngurah Rai Customs and Excise office head Himawan Indarjono told a press conference on Monday. 

Following the X-ray, the police took them to the customs and excise room for a further check, including a body search. Customs officers found 36.2 grams methamphetamine in AA's bag. A body search yielded three small packets of methamphetamine weighing 36.25 grams, 33.73 grams and 20.73 grams. "All those three packets were hidden in his rectum," Himawan said. 

A body search on S and AP also revealed drugs hidden in both of their rectums. From S, customs seized four small packets of meth, weighing 42.32 g, 44.81 g, 39.66 g and 38.78 g.

Officers found four packets of meth on AP — two in her rectum and two others in her vagina. In total she allegedly carried about 140 g of meth.

The three suspects are now facing drug charges, which carry a death penalty. 

Source: The Jakarta Post, March 26, 2018


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