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…

Indonesia: Couple sentenced to death for selling drugs

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May 22, 2015: The Pinrang District Court of South Sulawesi has sentenced a couple, Amir alias Dawang, 45, and his wife Maemunah, 43, to death for selling drugs.

“The defendants were proven guilty of selling drugs. Both were sentenced to death,” presiding judge Fitria Ade Maya said.

The sentences were heavier than earlier sought by prosecutors, who asked the court to sentence Dawang and Maemunah to 20 and 15 years in prison, respectively.

The court also sentenced Ilham, 21, to life, as he helped to transport drugs for the couple.

The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) arrested the couple in their house in Marawi village, Tiroang district, Pinrang regency on Sept. 22 last year, confiscating 6.8 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine. 

Source: The Jakarta Post, May 22, 2015

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