Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Texas: Call for Posthumous Pardon

CNN reports that the family of Cameron Todd Willingham (executed in Texas in 2004 for the deaths of his three daughters in fire) is seeking to "clear his name." How? By asking the state parole board for a posthumous pardon! It is reported that three "expert reviews" have concluded Willingham's conviction was based on evidence of arson that was "outdated." As it happened, the same board denied Willingham clemency before his execution. Gov. Rick Perry called Willingham a "monster," although Willingham professed his innocence in his final statement. His ex-wife, on the other hand, said he confessed to killing the girls before the execution. A jailhouse informant has recanted his statement that Willingham confessed and a judge who sat on the state court that rejected Willingham's appeal called the execution was "a miscarriage of justice." See full story here. See the Innocence Project's view of the case here.

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