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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…

Barack Obama endorses Ben Jealous for Governor of Maryland

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Silver Spring — TODAY, October 1, 2018, Ben Jealous, former National President and CEO of the NAACP received the endorsement of Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States. 

Jealous worked closely to help pass many of the monumental achievements accomplished by the Obama Administration, most notably the Affordable Care Act which Jealous seeks to build on as Governor. 

Recently, Obama has come out in favor of Medicare-For-All calling it a “good new idea”. Jealous has made his plan for Medicare-for-All a core part of his policy agenda and polls show that the majority of Marylanders support it. 

As President of the NAACP, Jealous spearheaded a successful 1.2 million voter turnout effort which led to him being called the “unsung hero of Obama’s re-election”.

“Ben Jealous is an accomplished civil rights leader, businessman, and advocate for working people,” said Obama. “His exemplary work as national President of the NAACP and as a leader in Maryland fighting for the DREAM Act, marriage equality, voting rights, and the abolition of the death penalty make him the best candidate for Governor. As a social impact investor, Ben has worked closely with small businesses, creating jobs and building a more inclusive economy. He has the vision, experience, and courage to move families forward, which is why I ask all Marylanders to stand with me in supporting his election as Maryland’s next Governor.”

“I’m honored to receive this endorsement from President Barack Obama,” said Jealous. “Across the country, progressive candidates are seeking to build on the successes of his Administration and continue to deliver real solutions for working people. As governor, I’ll build on the Affordable Care Act as well as President Obama’s progressive economic agenda to pass serious healthcare reform as well as expand economic opportunity for all Marylanders.

Jealous has been endorsed by several key national figures that represent the breadth of the Democratic Party. 

These surrogates support Jealous’ progressive economic agenda which is focused on expanding educational opportunity and ambitious healthcare reform. 

Senators Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand and Elizabeth Warren in addition to Vice President Joe Biden have all endorsed Jealous campaign for governor in addition to progressive organizations representing over 100,000 Marylanders.

Source: benjealous.com, October 1, 2018


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