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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…

Judge wants update on Arizona's supply of execution drugs

A judge presiding over a lawsuit that protests the way Arizona carries out the death penalty has told lawyers to be prepared later this month to reveal the status of the state's supplies of lethal-injection drugs.

U.S. District Judge Neil Wake says attorneys in the case also should be prepared at the June 29 hearing to discuss whether there are any issues to litigate in the lawsuit if execution drugs aren't currently available in Arizona.

Nearly a month ago, the judge ruled that condemned prisoners could press forward with the lawsuit.

The suit comes as the state has faced difficulties in obtaining drugs for executions.

Executions in Arizona are on hold until the lawsuit is resolved.

The lawsuit seeks more transparency in the state's execution process.

Source: Associated Press, June 15, 2016

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