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Texas may admit to killing innocent man

2009-08-26 14:26:47.912119+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

Expert tells Texas state-sanctioned review board that the fire for which Cameron Todd Willingham was executed was not arson.

Over the past five years, the Willingham case has been reviewed by nine of the nation's top fire scientists -- first for the Tribune, then for the Innocence Project, and now for the commission. All concluded that the original investigators relied on outdated theories and folklore to justify the determination of arson.

Via MeFi which linked to Crime Scene KC on the topic.

But that's okay, because Justice Scalia says the Constitution has no problem with executing the innocent, as long as they were convicted:

This court has never held that the Constitution forbids the execution of a convicted defendant who had a full and fair trial but is later able to convince a habeas court that he is ‘actually’ innocent.

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#Comment Re: made: 2014-02-28 17:42:58.521243+00 by: Dan Lyke

Aaaand, Prosecutors and the judge may have concealed a reduced sentence deal with a prison inmate who testified against Willingham.