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.
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Pakistan: Death row inmate executed in Bahawalpur jail

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A condemned prisoner was executed at the New Central Jail in Bahawalpur on Tuesday morning.

Death row prisoner, Luna Khan, son of Allah Rakha, of village Talhar, Tehsil Hasilpur, was convicted over the murder of his brother-in-law.

The convict's execution had earlier been suspended on March 25 on the orders of Bahawalpur district and sessions judge Rana Masood Akhtar who had informed jail authorities that a compromise between the convicts and the aggrieved parties was expected.

The latest execution comes a little over a month after Pakistan lifted its moratorium on the death penalty in all capital cases. 

Initially, executions were resumed only in cases relating to terrorism offences in the wake of a Taliban massacre at Peshawar's Army Public School that killed over 150 people, most of them children.

The United Nations, the European Union, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have been calling on Pakistan to re-impose its moratorium on capital punishment.

Source: Pakistan Today, April 14, 2015

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