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Texas executed a legally and factually innocent person

Post by brian » Thu Aug 12, 2010 3:27 pm

July 23, 2010: In a a follow-up on the Willingham Case covered in the McHenry forum on Sept 5, 2010 and Dec 2, 2010
Where “Texas could become the first state to acknowledge officially that, since the advent of the modern judicial system, it had carried out the ‘execution of a legally and factually innocent person’”
Texas state board says arson investigators used flawed science
A Texas state board said Friday that arson investigators used flawed science but were not negligent in an investigation that led to a controversial 2004 execution. The panel also said that investigators did not commit misconduct. Cameron Todd Willingham was executed in 2004, 13 years after a fire killed his three daughters. Prosecutors argued that Willingham deliberately set the 1991 blaze -- but three reviews of the evidence by outside experts have found the fire should not have been ruled arson.
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Re: Texas executed a legally and factually innocent person

Post by brian » Thu Aug 12, 2010 3:32 pm

August 12, 2010: In a somewhat similar case covered on CNN Junk science? Another inmate on death row fights to disprove arson:
  • Daniel Dougherty was also found guilty of deliberately igniting fires in his home that killed his two sons, Danny, 4, and Johnny, 3, in 1985. Police arrested Dougherty 14 years later, when his estranged wife came forward and claimed he confessed. A jury found him guilty on capital murder charges in 2000.
    He is awaiting death.
    John Lentini and Angelo Pisani -- two of the country's renowned arson investigators -- have conducted thousands of fire scene inspections. Five years ago, they received a call from Dougherty's attorneys.
    Separately, the investigators combed through the reports, testimony, photographs and other evidence from the original fire scene. Contrary to the fire investigator's original report in 1985, Lentini and Pisani argued there were no signs of arson in Dougherty's home. Such expert testimony was never presented by Dougherty's attorney in his 2000 trial.
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Re: Texas executed a legally and factually innocent person

Post by MSI » Thu Oct 25, 2012 3:36 pm

October 25, 2012:NYTimes Executed Texan's Family Seeks Pardon
  • Two decades after a Texas man was convicted of murdering his three young daughters by setting his own house on fire, and eight years after a campaign to prove his innocence failed to stop his execution, his family petitioned on Wednesday for a posthumous pardon.
    The case of Cameron Todd Willingham of Corsicana, Tex., co has drawn attention because it seems to offer evidence that an innocent man was executed based on flawed science. Spurred partly by this case, the Texas fire marshal recently agreed to re-examine questionable arson convictions.
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