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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…

Filipino worker in Saudi saved from death penalty: DFA

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A female overseas Filipino worker was saved from the death penalty in Saudi Arabia and has returned to the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs said yesterday.

The DFA did not identify the worker but described her as an "unwitting drug mule."

The DFA did not say how the OFW gained freedom. It only said she was saved through the efforts of the Philippine consulate in Jeddah and the law firm it engaged to assist the OFW.

Quoting reports from the consulate, the DFA said the OFW was imprisoned in Jeddah on Oct 9, 2013 after she was arrested for possession of illegal drugs. The drugs were found in the luggage she was carrying for a representative of her deployment agency in Manila, it said.

The DFA said the OFW was recommended by the Jeddah prosecution office to be put to death for drug smuggling and fined 100,000 Saudi riyals (about P1.4 million)

The OFW was repatriated to Manila on March 27 along with 4 other female OFWs after they completed their respective prison sentences in various detention facilities in the western region of Saudi Arabia.

The DFA also did not identify the 4 other OFWs.

Around 2.4 million Filipinos are living and working in the Middle East, with 1.2 million of them found in Saudi Arabia working in oil fields and medicine, service industries and as household helpers.

Source: malaya.com.ph, April 3, 2018


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