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wardd
09-03-2011, 09:21 PM
Cameron Todd Willingham was convicted in August 1992 for the murder of his three young children in a fire that was deemed an arson by investigators. While on death row, a frantic effort to prove his innocence resulted in a full report which questioned the scientific legitimacy of the evidence used to convict Willingham. That report made its way to Gov. Perry's office ahead of the zero hour, but it was all for nought -- no stay of execution was granted in order to consider the new findings.Willingham was executed by lethal injection on Feb. 17, 2004. Yet the efforts to exonerate Willingham only intensified, and in 2005, the Texas Forensic Science Commission decided to re-examine the case. The commission hired a nationally known fire scientist, Craig Beyler, to evaluate the evidence, and in his report, he came down on the same side as the scientists who had evaluated the case prior to Willingham's execution: there was no credible scientific basis for the conclusion that arson had been committed.
Beyler was eventually scheduled to testify before the commission on Oct. 2, 2009. Two days before Beyler's appearance, however, Rick Perry put a stop to it.
Two years later, we're wondering if anyone wants to ask the presidential aspirant why.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/02/cameron-todd-willingham-execution-rick-perry_n_946654.html?ir=Politics

Glen Longino
09-03-2011, 09:37 PM
Rick Perry is a layer of green pond scum on my horse's watering trough!
That he has the right to decide life and death in Texas is appalling!

CWSmith
09-03-2011, 09:47 PM
Texas loves its executions.

Glen Longino
09-03-2011, 10:35 PM
Texas loves its executions.

Not all of Texas!
Just the majority.
I'm sure you know that.:)

wardd
09-03-2011, 10:39 PM
Not all of Texas!
Just the majority.
I'm sure you know that.:)

would that include bush and perry?

Glen Longino
09-03-2011, 10:47 PM
would that include bush and perry?

Yep, Bush and Perry are in the majority in Texas.
You know that.