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Trial by Fire - Did Texas execute an innocent man?

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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…

American Samoa Governor wants death penalty to go

American Samoa's Governor, Togiola Tulafono, has submitted legislation to the Fono to repeal the death penalty.

He says while he recognises the need for lawmakers and the courts to be tough on murderers, there is currently no practical way to humanely impose the death penalty.

The Governor says in other U.S. jurisdictions where the death penalty is available they have the funding for the equipment to carry out the sentence and to ensure the condemned person's constitutional rights are protected.

He says without this funding the death penalty is not a deterrent to heinous crimes but tough talk and an empty threat.

He is proposing that the sole penalty for murder in the 1st degree be life imprisonment.

Source: Radio New Zealand International, Sept. 11, 2012

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