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.
Willingham told the Barbees to call the Fire Department, and while Dia…

Pakistan: Eight hanged in different jails of Punjab

LAHORE (Dunya News) - At least eight death row convicts were sent to the gallows on early Tuesday morning in different jails of Punjab, Dunya News reported.

According to details, double murder convict Muhammad Ashraf was hanged in Attock District Jail. Ashraf had killed a father and his son in 2003 over a land dispute.

Two real brothers, Aslam and Azam, were executed in District Jail Gujrat. Aslam with the help of his brother Azam had killed his father-in-law in 1999.

Two death row convicts were hanged in Central Jail Multan. Death row prisoner Shafeeq was hanged for killing a youth in 1992 during a robbery attempt while death row convict Akram had killed a man over a land dispute.

Three death row prisoners were executed in New Central Jail Bahawalpur. Death row convict Thanedar had killed his wife and father-in-law over a family dispute while two real brothers Ghulam Qadir and Ghulam Sarwar were also hanged in the same jail. Qadir had killed his daughter and son-in-law with the help of his brother Ghulam Sarwar.

According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, authorities have hanged 236 people after lifting a 2008 moratorium on executions in December after a deadly Taliban attack on a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar killed 150 people, mostly children.

But only one in 10 of the 236 prisoners executed since December were convicted of a terror attack.

Source: Dunya News TV, October 13, 2015

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