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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…

Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz filmed himself revealing plans for massacre

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A disturbing video showing Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz revealing his plans for the mass murder has been released by prosecutors. 

The teenage gunman filmed himself on his mobile phone smiling as he spoke about plans for a massacre, including making gun noises and saying: ‘You’re all going to die.’

He went on to kill 17 students and injure 17 more in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14. 

In the footage, Cruz looks into the camera and says: ‘When you see me on the news you’ll know who I am. You’re all going to die. Pew pew pew. I can’t wait.’ In another video he says: ‘Today is the day. The day that it all begins. The day of my massacre shall begin. ‘All the kids in school will run in fear and hide. From the wrath of my power they will know who I am.’

He adds: ‘I’ve had enough being told what to do and when to do. Telling me I’m an idiot and a dumbass.’ In a third video, the 19-year-old says: ‘Hello. My name is Nik and I’m going to be the next school shooter of 2018. My goal is at least 20 people with an AR-15. ‘Location is Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Florida.’ 

Investigators discovered the videos on the gunman’s phone, which was taken into evidence after the shooting. The videos are listed on the prosecution’s discovery list. Authorities have not said when they were recorded.

In another of the clips released, Cruz mentions a girl, ‘Angie’, and says he will always love her. 

Prosecutors, who are pushing for the death penalty, believe the videos boost their case that Cruz murdered in a premeditated fashion. 

Cruz confessed to the crimes after his arrest, according to police. He is expected to plead guilty to avoid the death penalty, despite a judge entering a not-guilty plea on his behalf during his arraignment. 

Prosecutors have said they plan to seek the death penalty despite the offer of a guilty plea in exchange for a life sentence. 

If a jury condemns him to death, he will be the youngest death row inmate in the state. 

Florida has 347 people on death row, and has executed 96 people since 1976. So far this year, the state has executed one person.

Source: Metro, Adam Smith, May 31, 2018


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