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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…

Pakistan: 2 terrorists hanged in Sahiwal jail

Authorities on Thursday hanged 2 terrorists here at a high security jail.

According to reports, Abdullah Baloch, a resident of Darya Khan, Bhakkar, and Sohail Ahmed, a resident of Ahmedpur Sharqia, Bhawalpur, were arrested and an inquiry was undertaken under Section 59(6) and 4 of the Army Act against them. 

Upon completion of inquiry, a special military court awarded them death penalty on 7th January 2016 which was later confirmed by army chief. 

President of Pakistan also rejected their mercy petitions on 22nd of January and both convicts were hanged yesterday.

Bodies of both men - Abdullah Baloch and Sohail - were handed over to their heirs after execution.

Source: The Nation, March 25, 2016


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