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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: Man Hanged at Zanjan Prison, Man Hanged in Kashan

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Iran Human Rights (IHR) -- July 11, 2019: A man hanged at Zanjan prison for murder last Monday.  

According to IHR sources, on the morning of Monday, July 8, a man was hanged at Zanjan prison. 

He is identified by IHR sources as Mostafa Shiri, 42, a resident of the Iranian city of Marand. 

Mr Shiri was sentenced to death for murder and spent 5 years in prison before his execution. 

His execution is not announced by Iranian media or authorities so far. 

According to the Iran Human Rights statistic department, at least 273 people were executed in Iran in 2018. 

At least 188 of them executed for murder.

Prisoner hanged at Kashan prison over murder charges


According to an Iranian website, IMNA, a person was hanged at Kashan prison for murder recently. 

The source has not revealed the exact date of the execution. 

The executed person has been identified as M S and his/her full name or gender remained unrevealed.

The source said the prisoner was sentenced to death for killing a woman four years ago.

According to the Iran Human Rights statistic department, at least 273 people were executed in Iran in 2018. 

At least 188 of them executed for murder.

Source: Iran Human Rights, Staff, July 6-11, 2019


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