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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Egyptian justice system is broken, Amnesty International says

Amnesty International condemned the sentences handed down to the 1st freely elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and more than 100 of his aides and supporters, the Anadolu Agency reported yesterday.

"To stop the death sentences, we will organise widespread protests throughout our offices all over the world," Amnesty spokeswoman in Sweden Elisabeth Lofgren said. "These sentences prove that the justice system has broken down in Egypt," she added.

Deputy Director of Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa Programme Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui told Anadolu: "These entire legal proceedings have been a mockery of justice and the death sentences must be thrown out."

She added: "Mohamed Morsi and his aides must be released or retried in civilian court in line with Egyptian law and international fair trial standards without recourse to the death penalty."

Meanwhile, the French Human Rights League (LdH) slammed the trials for being unfair, saying: "Everyone is entitled to a fair trial and the various trials underway in Egypt, whether they concern the Muslim Brotherhood or the democrats, do not have anything fair and are therefore not acceptable, let alone when there are death sentences."

Yesterday, an Egyptian court sentenced former President Mohamed Morsi to death over jailbreak charges. The court also sentenced five leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, including Mohamed Badie, to death on charges of taking part in a mass jailbreak in 2011.

Nearly 100 others were sentenced in absentia, including prominent Muslim scholar Yusuf Al-Qaradawi.

Source: Middle East Monitor, June 18, 2015

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