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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…

India: Man gets death sentence for raping, killing 9-year-old girl

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In a speedy judgment, a district court here on Thursday awarded death sentence to a 35-year-old man for raping and killing a nine-year-old girl last month.

The whole trial took 32 days and completed on Wednesday and the order was kept reserved for Thursday on which death penalty was sentenced to the accused.

Special Judge (for POCSO cases) Kumudini Patel pronounced the punishment to Vishnu Bamora on two separate offences under Indian Penal Code Sections 302 (murder) and 376-AB (raping a girl of 12-year-old and below). 

The convict was also sentenced to life for the offence of unnatural sex with the eight-year-old girl, state prosecution cell's spokesperson Sudha Vijay Singh Bhadoriya told.

The judge also awarded him three years' and seven years' imprisonments under IPC Sections 363 and 366, respectively, for kidnapping the minor and abduction for forced and illicit intercourse, Bhadoriya said. 

The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) court ordered all the sentences to run concurrently, she said.

Bamora was pronounced guilty on the basis of reports of the DNA test conducted by the Bhopal and Sagar-based forensic science laboratories and taking into account other vital aspects, she said. 

The judge examined 30 prosecution witnesses before awarding the punishment. 

The girl went missing after she came out of her house in Kamla Nagar area here on June 8 to make a purchase. 

Her body was found next morning near a drain in the area. 

Bamora was arrested from Mortakka village in Khandwa on June 10 for raping and smothering the minor girl. 

A 108-page charge sheet was filed against him on June 12, said Bhadoriya.

Source: dailypioneer.com, Staff, July 12, 2019


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