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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…

Saudi Arabia celebrates end of Ramadan by beheading Asian drug smuggler

Public execution in KSA
Saudi Arabia executes Asian man for smuggling drugs

The Ministry of Interior in Saudi Arabia today issued a statement implementing the death sentence on a Pakistani prisoner in Dammam.

The execution was carried out in the city of Dammam in the eastern province on Thursday.

The Ministry of the Interior made the announcement to affirm to the public Saudi Arabia's keenness to fight drug dealing and use in the country.

The accused, Mohammed Allah Akho Nezad Kal, was arrested for smuggling heroin.

According to investigations, he was sentenced to the death penalty and the ruling was supported by the court of appeal and the supreme court, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

A royal order was issued to enforce the execution.

Source: Khaleej Times, Staff, June 13, 2019


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