I’d like to start today’s blog by thanking the Prison Blog (genpop.org) for mentioning Bike Blast 2009, which is having a Poker Run to benefit the Innocence Project of Florida. We are very grateful for the support!
Moving on – Well, there isn’t really much to say about Cameron Todd Willingham, wrongfully executed in Texas. But that’s the shocker – nothing has happened. There still has been no official admittance of wrongful execution. Why not?
According to this article from TIME, Texas Governor Rick Perry has fired 3 members (including the chairman) of the Texas Forensic Science Commission, the commission responsible to re-examining Willingham’s case. Seems a little too coincidental to me, but according to Perry it was just “business as usual.” Letters are being written to Perry fighting to reinstate the Texas Forensic Science Commission’s chairman Bassett so they can continue their examination of Willingham’s case.
… Perry stands by the decision to execute Willingham. “I am familiar with the latter-day supposed experts on the arson side of it,” Perry told the Dallas Morning News last month. Over the weekend, his office told the Corsicana Daily Sun: “Governor Perry has reviewed the totality of the facts of the case, and has stood by the conclusions reached by the courts … To suggest the arson testimony was the only evidence presented to the jury is grossly inaccurate. The jury also heard testimony of inaccuracies in Willingham’s statements.”
Perhaps his fear of not being re-elected next year in the Texas gubernatorial primary is clouding his judgement…