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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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Indian President Patil commutes 30 death sentences

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June 4, 2012: in the last days of her presidency, President Pratibha Patil commuted 30 death sentence into life — something that has never happened before.

“The 30 whose death sentence has been commuted to life term were found guilty of barbarically murdering 60 persons by the Supreme Court. 22 of those killed were women and children,” said a Mail Today report.

The move by Patil did not see any protest from government quarters.

Most of the victims also went through inhuman torture before their lives were snuffed out. There was rape and sexual assaults committed as well.

In the last 28 months, Patil commuted death sentences into life at a record pace.

Source: firstpost.com, June 5, 2012

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