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…

Pakistan hangs 4 more, takes total number of executions to 59 since December last

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan today hanged four death-row prisoners, taking to 59 the number of executions carried out since the country resumed the death sentence in December.

Abdul Razzaq Chohan and Jalil alias Jalal Morejo were executed in the Sukkur jail in Sindh province.

Chohan killed a seventh grade student at a local seminary and was awarded death sentence in 2003, while Morejo was held guilty for shooting a man in 1997 for an old dispute.

The other two convicts Shahbaz Ali and Ghulam Yaseen were hanged in Central Jail Sahiwal and Central Jail Bahawalpur respectively.

While Shahbaz was convicted for killing a boy in 1998 over a land dispute, Yaseen was awarded death sentence for rape and murder of a woman in 2002.

Pakistan lifted a moratorium on death penalty in all cases where capital punishment has been handed down by a court on March 10, expanding an earlier decision to resume executions in terror-related cases following the Peshawar school massacre in December last year that killed more than 150 people, mostly children.

Despite criticism from the local and international human rights groups, so far nearly 60 condemned prisoners have been hanged which is just a small proportion of over 8,000 prisoners waiting for execution in different jails.

Source: The Economic Times, March 25, 2015

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