Tuesday, October 13, 2009

It's The Cover-Up, Stupid

The state of Texas executed an innocent man. His name was Cameron Todd Willingham. He was convicted of the arson deaths of his three daughters. The problem is, the initial arson evidence was botched. A nationally recognized arson investigator, Craig Beyler, later wrote a scathing review showing that the charge of arson was bogus.

This would be disastrous for the current governor of Texas, Rick Perry, in his upcoming primary election against Kay Bailey Hutchinson. So what does he do? He covers up the review by firing four of the nine Texas Forensic Science Commission members who started the investigation.

Governor Rick Perry has no shame. But he does have terrific hair.


Texas Moratorium Network said...

Sign the petition to Governor Rick Perry and the State of Texas to acknowledge that the fire in the Cameron Todd Willingham case was not arson, therefore no crime was committed and on February 17, 2004, Texas executed an innocent man

We plan to deliver the petition at the 10th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty on October 24 in Austin at the Texas Capitol.

Anonymous said...

This is an interesting post for epistemological reasons. By ordinary convention, the "most reasonable" conclusion was to agree with the evidence; yet that conclusion was obviously wrong.

I think this happens far more than anybody realizes.