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Trial by Fire - Did Texas execute an innocent man?

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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…

Nebraska: Challenge to Repeal of the Death Penalty

Doug Peterson, the attorney general of Nebraska, said he would challenge the constitutionality of the state’s new law repealing the death penalty. 

The bill, which was passed on Wednesday after lawmakers overrode a veto from Gov. Pete Ricketts, replaces the death penalty with life imprisonment in Nebraska. 

But Mr. Peterson, who has been a vocal opponent of the bill, said on Thursday that he believed the law was unconstitutional because it effectively changed the sentences of the 10 inmates on death row. 

One senator who opposed repeal of the death penalty has begun another effort to fight the new law and is trying to collect at least 115,000 signatures from registered voters, which would force a voter referendum in 2016.

Source: The New York Times, Julie Bosman, May 28, 2015

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