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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…

Iran: Execution and Extorsion

Public execution in Iran (file photo)
Iranian authorities have reportedly asked for money in exchange for the bodies of 2 executed prisoners.

In May 2014, 2 brothers, Abdol Jamal Zehi, 26, and Hamid Jamal Zehi, 22, were reportedly hanged to death in Chabahar Prison in southern Iran on drug trafficking charges. Iranian authorities reportedly refused to hand over the bodies of these 2 young men until their family paid 11 million Tomans (approximately $4,000).

An informed source, who wishes to remain anonymous, told HRANA that the bereaved mother of these 2 brothers was finally able to recover the bodies after raising 5 million Tomans ( approximately $1,600). "She had to raise the money by pleading with family members also going into debt," says the source.

Iranian authorities carried out the executions in secret and no official news agency in Iran reported on it.

Source: Persian2English, June 12, 2014

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