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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…

Iran: Man hanged at Ardabil Central Prison on murder charges

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Iran Human Rights (May 16, 2018): A prisoner was hanged at Ardabil Central Prison on murder charges.

According to a close source, on the morning of Wednesday, May 16, a prisoner was hanged at Ardabil Central Prison on murder charges. 

The prisoner, named Babak Rezaei, was sentenced to death and 10 years in prison on the charge of murder during an armed robbery. 

The robbery took place in October 2012.

According to a report by Tasnim news agency quoting the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor of Ardabil, Naser Atabati, “The defendant was 41 years old and he committed armed robbery and murder with his accomplice.”

It should be noted that during the last week, the statistical department of Iran Human Rights (IHR) reported 11 executions in Iran.

According to Iran Human Rights annual report on the death penalty, 240 of the 517 execution sentences in 2017 were implemented due to murder charges. 

There is a lack of a classification of murder by degree in Iran which results in issuing a death sentence for any kind of murder regardless of intensity and intent.

Source: Iran Human Rights, May 19, 2018


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