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…

Saudi Arabia: 2 Human Rights Activists Sentenced to Prison

Two Saudi activists have been sentenced to prison on charges related to their human rights work and calls for political reform, a Saudi human rights lawyer said Wednesday. 

One activist, Abdelrahman al-Hamid, was sentenced to nine years in jail, barred from traveling abroad after his release for nine years and fined $13,300. 

Mr. Hamid was a founding member of the Saudi Association for Civil and Political Rights. 

He was accused of illegally establishing a human rights organization, questioning the credibility and independence of the judiciary, disobeying the king and interfering with the national Saudi Human Rights Commission. 

The second activist, Abdelaziz al-Sinedi, was sentenced to eight years in prison, barred from traveling for another eight years and fined. He was charged with inciting public opinion against the Saudi rulers, questioning the independence of the judiciary and describing Saudi Arabia as a police state. 

The lawyer, who spoke anonymously for fear of reprisal, said that both were sentenced Tuesday.

Source: The New York Times, October 14, 2015

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