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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…

Food for thought...

"There’s no fixing the death penalty. It can’t be patched or mended or rebalanced or glued together, it can’t be made to be one hundred percent fair and one hundred percent reliable and one hundred percent capable of delivering justice, because at the heart of it is us: frail, flawed, complex, messy humans. We have a justice system built on beautiful ideals but practiced amidst a gumbo of ignorance, fear, ambition, prejudices, and passions. We’ve got no business being in the killing business."

- Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, on Richard Glossip's scheduled Oklahoma execution, Sept. 30, 2015.


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