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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…

India: Death penalty to rapist and killer of 4-month-old girl

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The Indore district court on Saturday pronounced death sentence for the convict in rape and murder case of a four-month-old girl. 

The district court announced life term for rape under the POCSO Act and death sentence for murder.

This is the first case in Indore where the verdict has been passed in just 21 days. 

The incident took place in the intervening night of April 18 and 19. 

The infant was raped and her body was recovered soaked in blood from the basement of a building.

Analysing the brutality of the case, DIG Harinarayanachari Mishra had formed an SIT to investigate the matter. 

Sonu Bai, the victim’s mother had demanded that the convict Naveen Gadge be executed at the earliest.

Taking cognizance of such crimes, President Ram Nath Kovind, on April 22, promulgated the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, for effective deterrence against the commission of rape.

The ordinance seeks the death penalty for the rapists of girls below 12 years of age and stringent punishment for perpetrators of rape particularly of girls below 16 years, thereby strengthening the POCSO Act.

Source: dailypioneer.com, May 13, 2018


Indore man gets death penalty after 3-week trial for raping, killing infant


Sunil Bheel was arrested on April 21 for allegedly assaulting the 6-month child after an argument with her mother.

A court in Madhya Pradesh on Saturday sentenced to death a man who 3 weeks ago was arrested for raping and killing a baby girl in Indore.

Sunil Bheel was arrested on April 21 for allegedly assaulting the 6-month child after an argument with her mother. 

Police had used security camera footage to track down Bheel, 21, who was seen carrying the child to the basement of a building near Rajwada fort.

Bheel and the child's parents sold balloons on streets and knew each other. Some media reports said the child was 4 months old.

Source: Hindustan Times: May 13, 2018


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