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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…

Ohio Gov. John Kasich commutes death sentence for killer set for execution in two weeks

William Montgomery
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich granted clemency for a Toledo-area killer who was two weeks away from execution. 

Kasich's decision Monday to spare William Montgomery's life comes 10 days after the Ohio Parole Board voted 6-4 to recommend mercy for him.

The board's report showed the majority had too many questions over inconsistent witness statements that weren't disclosed to Montgomery when he was on trial and whether the jury made its decision on sound grounds.

Montgomery, 52, was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on April 11.

He has been in prison since 1986 and was sentenced to death for the murder of Deborah Ogle during a robbery. 

He was also convicted of murdering Cynthia Tincher, Ogle's roommate.

Lucas County Prosecutor Julia Bates had asked the parole board to deny Montgomery's request for clemency.

Source: cleveland.com, March 26, 2018


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