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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…

URGENT ACTION for Malaysian national Kho Jabing scheduled to executed in Singapore on 6 November

The execution of Malaysian national Kho Jabing has been set for 6 November in Singapore. 

The President rejected his clemency application on 19 October but can still reconsider his decision and halt the imminent execution.

1) Please write immediately in English or your own language:
  • Urging the President to immediately halt Kho Jabing’s execution and reconsider the decision on Kho Jabing’s clemency application;
  • Noting that, while you are not seeking to downplay the seriousness of the crime or its consequences, Kho Jabing did not intend to cause death and the death sentence was re-imposed by the Court of Appeal in a close three-to-two decision with dissenting judgments, after it had previously been set aside;
  • Calling on the authorities to immediately reimpose an official moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty, and commute all existing death sentences.
2) For the full Urgent Action, including appeal addresses and further information, please click on the Word or PDF version below.

3) Please let us know if you took action so that we can track our impact!
EITHER send a short email to uan@aiusa.org with “UA 249/15” in the subject line, and include in the body of the email the number of letters and/or emails you sent,
OR fill out this short online form to let us know how you took action.

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Source: Amnesty International, November 2, 2015

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