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The US Supreme Court says a defendant proven guilty after a fair trail does not have the same rights as a free man. Does that mean a condemned man should be put to death, even if new evidence shows he was innocent? We hear about capital punishment, due process and the Constitution.  Also,  President Obama pushes for what he called the biggest regulatory reform since the Great Depression, and a Congressman, a tennis champion and a rap star all violate the conventions of public civility.  Is it a trend?

Banner image: People hold pictures of Troy Davis, who was sentenced to death in 1991, during a protest to denounce the death penalty in the United States, on July 02, 2008, Place de la Concorde, in Paris. Photo: Mehdi Fedouach/AFP/Getty Images

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Sonya Geis
Karen Radziner

Main Topic Capital Punishment, Due Process and the Constitution 35 MIN, 12 SEC

Three young children died in a house fire in Corsicana, Texas in 1991. In a two-day trial, their father, Cameron Todd Willingham, was convicted of murdering them by setting the fire. Just before he was scheduled for execution in 2004, an independent investigator reported that the fire was caused by accident, not by arson as Willingham's jury had been told. He was executed anyway. Since then two more investigations have found no evidence of arson. One was commissioned by the State of Texas. Did the state execute an innocent man? If the evidence was faulty, does the Constitution require that his life must be saved, or does his "full and free trial" justify the death penalty anyway?

Guests:
David Grann, Staff Writer, New Yorker
Barry Matson, Deputy Director, Alabama District Attorney’s Association
Peter Neufeld, Co-director of the Innocence Project
Dahlia Lithwick, Slate.com (@DahliaLithwick)

Reporter's Notebook Losing Their Cool: Joe, Serena and Kanye 8 MIN

In the hallowed venue of a joint session of Congress, Republican Congressman Joe Wilson yelled, "You lie" at President Obama. At the highly competitive US Open, tennis star Serena Williams threatened an official who said she stepped over a line. And, last night, hip-hopper Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech to say Beyonce should have won the MTV Award for best video. Nancy Snow is Professor of Public Diplomacy at Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Guests:
Nancy Snow, Associate Professor of Public Diplomacy, Syracuse University

Making News Obama Makes the Case for Financial Regulatory Reform 7 MIN, 47 SEC

One year after the fall of Lehman Brothers, President Obama went to New York today, pushing what he called the biggest regulatory reform since the Great Depression. He told an audience including Wall Street executives they have an obligation to US taxpayers, who "shouldered the burden of the bailout and they are still bearing the burden of the fallout." Brady Dennis is financial reporter for the Washington Post.

Guests:
Brady Dennis, Financial Reporter, Washington Post

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