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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.
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Indonesia: Supreme Court rejects Freddy Budiman’s case review

Indonesia's Supreme Court has rejected a case review filed by drug convict Freddy Budiman (center).
Indonesia's Supreme Court has rejected a case review filed by drug convict
Freddy Budiman (center).
The Supreme Court has rejected a case review filed by drug convict Freddy Budiman, who was found guilty of smuggling 1.4 million ecstasy pills from China and is awaiting execution.

Previously, Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo said Freddy was on the list of death row convicts to be executed in an upcoming third round of executions.

Prasetyo said the execution would not take place until the Supreme Court issued a decision on the case review.

“Yes, it is true that his case review has been rejected,” Supreme Court spokesman Ridwan Mansyur said on Friday as reported by kompas.com.

Freddy is also accused of coordinating further drug trafficking operations from inside prison, and was therefore moved to the high security prison island of Nusakambangan in Cilacap, Central Java, from his previous prison in Bogor, West Java.

On the court’s website, it was reported that the case review was received by the Supreme Court on July 13 from the West Jakarta District Court after it was submitted by Freddy’s lawyer, Untung Sunaryo.

The decision was made during a court hearing presided over by judge Andi Samsan Nganro with a panel of two judges, comprising Salman Luthan and Syarifuddin.

Freddy was sentenced to death by the West Jakarta District Court in 2012.

Source: Jakarta Post, July 22, 2016


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