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: Police Bust Execution Island Prison Guard With Crystal Meth

Wijayapura Port, the gateway to Nusakambangan prison island
Wijayapura Port, the gateway to Nusakambangan prison island
Cilacap, Central Java. Indonesian police have arrested a corrections officer for drug trafficking on the prison island of Nusakambangan, the same place where less than a month earlier the government executed eight men for the same offense.

“The suspect has been identified as Bayu Anggit Permana,” Adj. Sr. Comr. Ulung Sampurna Jaya, the Cilacap Police chief, said on Thursday as quoted by Antara.

“Officers arrested him at Wijayapura Port” — the gateway to Nusakambangan — “following a month-long investigation that we launched after receiving a tip,” Ulung said.

Upon arresting Bayu, investigators found him carrying 27 packets of crystal methamphetamine weighing 13.5 grams each.

Bayu later told investigators that he had received the drugs from an inmate named Abdul Rosyid at Batu Penitentiary, one of several prisons on Nuskambangan.

“Based on his confession, out officers then searched [the inmate’s] cell,” Ulung said, adding that the prisoner later admitted to paying Bayu Rp 2.5 million ($191) to smuggle the drugs out of the prison.

Police plan to charge Bayu and Abdul with drug dealing, which carries a sentence of 12 to 20 years.

Drug seizures are common at prisons on Nusakambangan, where officials have a history for being complicit in allowing prisoners to set up meth labs.

The island was also the location for the executions on April 29 of eight convicted drug offenders, seven of them foreign nationals, including Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Source: The Jakarta Globe, May 14, 2015

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