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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…

Ohio death row inmate asks for death penalty to be declared unconstitutional

Gary Otte
The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected the request of a condemned killer to delay next week's execution while he pursues an appeal.

Death row inmate Gary Otte wants the death penalty declared unconstitutional in his case because he was under 21 at the time of the crime.

The court denied Otte's request for a delay Thursday.

Otte was sentenced to die for the Feb. 12, 1992, killing of Robert Wasikowski and the Feb. 13, 1992, killing of Sharon Kostura.

Both slayings took place in Parma in suburban Cleveland.

Gov. John Kasich has rejected a request for clemency made by Otte's attorneys.

The 45-year-old Otte is scheduled to die Sept. 13. He is also challenging Ohio's lethal injection method in federal court.

Source: Associated Press, Sept 9, 2017


Urgent Action


CALL ON OHIO GOVERNOR TO RETHINK CLEMENCY

Gary Otte is scheduled to be executed in Ohio on 13 September. He was sentenced to death in October 1992 for 2 murders committed 8 months earlier. 20 years old when he was sent to death row, he is now 45. The governor has rejected clemency.

Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

* Urging Governor Kashich to reconsider his decision to deny clemency for Gary Otte;

* Explaining that you are not seeking to downplay the seriousness of violent crime or its consequences

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Contact below official by 13 September, 2017:

Governor John Kasich
Riffe Center, 30th Floor
77 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-6117, USA
Fax: +1 614 466 9354
Email (via website): http://www.governor.ohio.gov/Contact/ContacttheGovernor.aspx
Twitter: @JohnKasich

Salutation: Dear Governor

Source: Amnesty International USA, September 9, 2017


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