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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…

German central bank pulls out of Bangladesh cooperation over plans to execute counterfeiters

FRANKFURT, Germany – Germany's central bank is shelving plans to help fight currency counterfeiting in Bangladesh because of reports the country is planning to include execution among the possible punishments for violators.

The Bundesbank said it wouldn't move ahead with its offer of consultation and training to the central bank of Bangladesh, after media reports about the proposals.

The Bundesbank said Thursday that while it "believes that counterfeiting is a serious criminal offence, it considers the threat of imposing the death penalty to be excessive."

It said it didn't know of the proposals when it agreed to the project, which was to start next month. It said it would not participate unless the plans are definitively dropped.

Source: Associated Press, January 17, 2013

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