Trial by Fire - Did Texas execute an innocent man?

The fire moved quickly through the house, a one-story wood-frame structure in a working-class neighborhood of Corsicana, in northeast Texas. Flames spread along the walls, bursting through doorways, blistering paint and tiles and furniture. Smoke pressed against the ceiling, then banked downward, seeping into each room and through crevices in the windows, staining the morning sky.
Buffie Barbee, who was eleven years old and lived two houses down, was playing in her back yard when she smelled the smoke. She ran inside and told her mother, Diane, and they hurried up the street; that’s when they saw the smoldering house and Cameron Todd Willingham standing on the front porch, wearing only a pair of jeans, his chest blackened with soot, his hair and eyelids singed. He was screaming, “My babies are burning up!” His children—Karmon and Kameron, who were one-year-old twin girls, and two-year-old Amber—were trapped inside.
Willingham told the Barbees to call the Fire Department, and while Dia…

Inmate: Alabama Judge Allowed Drinking During Trial

A new death penalty ruling from the Alabama Supreme Court sides with Mobile County Circuit Judge Charlie Graddick, who's now running for chief justice.

Death row inmate Jeremy Bryan Jones contends in an appeal that Graddick let an alcoholic juror drink during his 2005 trial, which ended in a death sentence. His claim is revealed in an opinion released Friday by the court.

Jones' attorney claims a juror revealed that Graddick allowed him to drink while sequestered for the trial, and that Graddick knew the juror was an alcoholic. The lawyer argues Graddick didn't tell the defense and may now be a witness during appeals.

The Supreme Court says Graddick can remain on the case, however.

Jones was convicted in the slaying of 43-year-old Lisa Marie Nichols in Mobile County.

Source: Associated Press, December 11, 2011

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