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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…

Egypt: Military court upholds death sentences for 8 civilians

Cairo, Egypt
Cairo, Egypt
12 others sentenced to life in prison, 6 others to 15 years and 2 were acquitted

The West Cairo Military Court upheld on Sunday death sentences for 8 civilians and sentenced 12 others to life in prison in the case publicly known as the "specialised intelligence committee" case.

6 defendants were sentenced to 15 years in prison and 2 others were acquitted. 2 of those given the death penalty were sentenced in absentia.

The Sunday verdict came after it had previously been postponed three times since the court initially referred the files of 8 of the defendants to the grand mufti, a procedural step prior to approving final death sentences, on 7 February.

For 2 sessions the reason for postponement was that the mufti did not send back his judgment on the case, which is used for consulting and not binding to the court.

Some of the defendants in the case were considered by rights groups and activists as having been "forcibly disappeared" before being shown in a video, released by the Ministry of Defence in July 2015, confessing to being members of a terrorist network and claiming responsibility for attacks on state facilities and personnel.

Source: Daily News Egypt, May 29, 2016

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