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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…

Netanyahu Buries Death Penalty Law

Slated to go before Ministerial Committee Sunday, death penalty for terrorists bill indefinitely frozen by PM's technical maneuver.

Prime Minister Binyamin has significantly slowed the advancement of a controversial bill on Sunday.

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation was set to discuss the bill, submitted by Yisrael Beytenu MK Sharon Gal, and requiring the death penalty for those found guilty of terrorist murders.

However, Netanyahu, who opposes the initiative, has decided to instead establish a government commission to examine the issues pertaining to the proposed law.

Headed by Tourism minister Yariv Levin (Likud), the commission will include representatives from each of the different coalition factions, of which Yisrael Beytenu is not a member.

The commission's review is expected to last several months, and as a result the bill is, at least temporarily, being dropped from the Ministerial Committee for Legislation's agenda.

MK Gal's bill mandated that terrorists convicted of murdering Israeli civilians through activities in Judea and Samaria - which remains under martial law - also be liable for the death penalty.

In addition, it required that only a majority in Judea and Samaria military courts rule for the death penalty, and likewise would have prevented the regional IDF commander from being able to lighten the sentence.

Source: Arutz Sheva, Cynthia Blank, July 12, 2015

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