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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…

Kasur rape and murder case: Pakistan Supreme Court rejects convict’s appeal against death penalty

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The six-year-old girl’s body was found in a heap of trash days after she went missing from near her aunt’s house in Kasur on January 4.

Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an appeal filed by a convict challenging the death sentence awarded to him for raping and murdering a six-year-old girl in Kasur, Dawn reported.

A three-judge bench at the Lahore registry upheld the death penalty handed to the convict Imran Ali by an anti-terrorism court.

The girl’s father thanked the top court and the Joint Investigation Team for maintaining the verdict. 

He also reiterated that the convict should be publicly hanged, The Express Tribune reported.

The girl’s body was found in a heap of trash days after she went missing from near her aunt’s house in Kasur on January 4. 

She was on her way to a tuition centre, and her parents were in Saudi Arabia for Haj. 

Her death triggered massive protests in the district, where there had been 11 similar cases over 12 months.

Ali was arrested on January 23. An anti-terrorism court handed him four counts of death penalty, one life term and a fine of 32 lakh Pakistani rupees (approximately Rs 18.63 lakh) in February.

Source: scroll.in, June 12, 2018


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