FEATURED POST

Trial by Fire - Did Texas execute an innocent man?

Image
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…

Saudi executes Yemeni for killing officer

Public execution in Saudi Arabia
Public execution in Saudi Arabia
Riyadh: Saudi Arabia on Wednesday executed a Yemeni convicted of shooting dead a security officer who was trying to arrest him in the southern Jazan region, the interior ministry said.

The Yemeni, who was wanted by the kingdom’s authorities, opened fire at the Saudi officer who was trying to arrest him, said the statement published by the official SPA news agency.

It provided no further details.

The execution brings to 121 the number for this year [as of Aug. 19] in the kingdom, compared with 87 for the whole of 2014, according to AFP tallies.

Amnesty International says Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s most prolific executioners, along with China, Iran, Iraq and the United States.

Under the conservative kingdom’s strict legal code, murder, armed robbery, rape, drug trafficking, homosexuality and apostasy are all punishable by death.

Executions in Saudi Arabia are almost always carried out by beheading.

The interior ministry has cited deterrence as a reason for carrying out the punishments but rights experts have raised concerns about the fairness of trials in the kingdom.

Source: Agence France-Presse, August 19, 2015

Report an error, an omission: deathpenaltynews@gmail.com

Most Viewed (Last 7 Days)

Nevada law says chief medical officer must advise on executions despite ethical clash

Iran: Three Hand Amputations, Four Hangings Carried Out in Qom

Trial by Fire - Did Texas execute an innocent man?

Iran: Woman Asylum Seeker Lashed 80 Times After Being Deported From Norway

Poorly executed - Indiana inmate challenges state's lethal cocktail change

Iran: Three executions carried out, two in front of large crowds

Two Myanmar migrants make final appeal in Koh Tao murder case

Arkansas death-row inmate tries to drop appeal blocking execution; request denied

20 Minutes to Death: Record of the Last Execution in France

"I cannot execute convicted murderers," Tanzania's president declares