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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 Executions: Man Hanged at Qazvin Central Prison

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Iran Human Rights; October 6, 2018: A prisoner was executed on October 2, at Qazvin Central Prison on murder charges. 

According to IHR sources, on the morning of Tuesday, October 2, Hamed Valizadeh was hanged at Qazvin Central Prison (also called Chubin Dar). 

He was from Abhar city and was 38 years old at the time of the execution. 

Hamed was arrested in January 2014 for murdering a person and convicted to qisas (retribution in kind) at Qazvin public court. 

According to the IHR sources he was involved in an honour killing case. 

The Iranian media outlets have not published news related to the aforementioned execution so far.

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, October 6, 2018


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