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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…

Bill to End Death Penalty Introduced in Kansas

The Senate chambers in the Kansas Statehouse.
The Senate chambers in the Kansas Statehouse.
Today, a group of 17 legislators, led by former judge, Representative Steven Becker, introduced a bill in the Kansas House of Representatives that would end the death penalty in Kansas. 

This group of 11 Republicans and 6 Democrats cosponsored Bill 2515, which would repeal the death penalty and replace it with a maximum punishment of Life Without Parole.

This group of legislators plans to speak on the matter and address the media at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, January 28th in the 2nd Floor Capitol Rotunda. 

They will be joined by recent exoneree, Floyd Bledsoe, who will also speak about his story and what happens when the justice system does not work as it should. 

Come join us all as we listen to these leaders speak about the practical and moral reasons to end the death penalty.

Bill 2515

- This bill would save Kansas taxpayers millions of dollars over the next 10 years and would continue saving money into the future. The bill designates these savings to be captured and allocated to the budget-starved Department of Corrections.

- This bill would also prevent Kansas from committing the gravest injustice thinkable -- sentencing an innocent person to death.

- Finally, this bill would put Kansas on the right side of history, joining 18 other states, and the VAST majority of developed nations, by ending the morally bankrupt practice of executing its own citizens.

Source: KCADP, January 22, 2016

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