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 two convicts

Two death row convicts were hanged on Tuesday in Pakistan’s Punjab province, a media report said.

Jafar, convicted of a dual murder in 1997, was hanged in Sahiwal Central Jail, Dawn online reported.

He was sentenced to death in 2000. Jafar was scheduled to be hanged on March 25, 2015 but his execution was held due to an accord.

Tayyab Ghulam Nabi was executed at the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore. He was convicted by a district court in a murder case in 2002.

Pakistan had lifted its moratorium on death penalty in all capital cases on March 10.

Initially executions were resumed for terrorism related offences in the wake of a Taliban massacre at an army-run school in Peshawar which claimed the lives of more than 150 people, mostly school children, on December 16, 2014.

Source: The Hindu, April 7, 2015

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