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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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Philippines: Death penalty restoration expected within 1 year

Rodrigo Duterte
Rodrigo Duterte
The restoration of the death penalty and the lowering of the age of criminal liability from 14 to nine years old may take effect in a year's time in order to sustain the success-bound anti-criminality program of the Duterte administration.

Speaker Pantaleon "Bebot" Alvarez said that the House supermajority should be expected to act on the two legislative proposals, and added that it will take Congress only a year's time to pass them.

Alvarez said Senate's cooperation is vital and urgent in order for Congress to pass the bills at the soonest possible time.

There is no constitutional issue that can stop the restoration of the death penalty for heinous crimes, the Davao del Norte lawmaker stressed.

He said that since the 1987 Constitution provides for the imposition of the death sentence for heinous crimes, all that Congress has to do is to define and classify what crimes the capital punishment may be applied to.

Alvarez said defects in the current Juvenile Justice Law will be addressed in order to further strengthen the fight against criminality in the country.

According to him, foremost in the provisions of the law is the determination of the age of criminal liability and discernment that is currently set at 15 years old.

Under the PDP-Laban proposal, criminal liability will be set at 9 years old.

Alvarez explained that the proposed age is 2 years higher than those provided under criminal laws of Singapore and many states in the United States. [????? - DPN]

Source: Manila Bulletin, July 28, 2016

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