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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…

Hearing canceled over Oklahoma use of midazolam in execution

Richard Glossip
Richard Glossip
A federal judge has canceled a hearing this week on an Oklahoma inmate's request to stop his upcoming execution.

Richard Glossip is challenging his execution date, now set for Sept. 30, on 2 fronts: a federal case over the execution drugs, and a state case in which he argues he's innocent in the 1997 killing of an Oklahoma City motel owner.

A federal judge granted a request Wednesday from his attorneys, who asked that Friday's hearing over the drug midazolam be canceled. 

They say they can't show an alternative drug would be available by next week.

The U.S. Supreme Court in June upheld the use of midazolam.

Glossip was scheduled for execution last week, but an Oklahoma court delayed it after his attorneys said they had new evidence.

Source: Associated Press, Sept. 23, 2015

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