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BREMPRO Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-04-09 12:18 AM
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16. Willingham was dealt a bad hand:.
Edited on Fri Sep-04-09 12:52 AM by BREMPRO
poor legal representation that believed he was guilty;
arson investigators using folklore instead of science;
evidence of a confession from an unreliable jail house snitch
eyewitnesses and character witnesses who changed their stories when confronted with his assumed guilt;
Prejudice from those who viewed his tattoo and skull and Led Zeppelin posters as evidence he was a "Psychopath"
"expert" testimony from the infamous paid hacks including "Dr Death";
and living in a state with cowboy justice and a fictional appeal boards.

Looks like they may finally enact reforms and admit they executed a legally and factually innocent man. This is a watershed moment on this issue, and fitting that it comes from the state with the record for most executions. He continued to confess his innocence till the moment he was murdered by the state and hoped someday his name would be cleared. Looks like he will get his final wish.

"In 2005, Texas established a government commission to investigate allegations of error and misconduct by forensic scientists. The first cases that are being reviewed by the commission are those of Willingham and Willis. In mid-August, the noted fire scientist Craig Beyler, who was hired by the commission, completed his investigation. In a scathing report, he concluded that investigators in the Willingham case had no scientific basis for claiming that the fire was arson, ignored evidence that contradicted their theory, had no comprehension of flashover and fire dynamics, relied on discredited folklore, and failed to eliminate potential accidental or alternative causes of the fire. He said that Vasquezs approach seemed to deny rational reasoning and was more characteristic of mystics or psychics. Whats more, Beyler determined that the investigation violated, as he put it to me, not only the standards of today but even of the time period. The commission is reviewing his findings, and plans to release its own report next year. Some legal scholars believe that the commission may narrowly assess the reliability of the scientific evidence. There is a chance, however, that 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.
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  -Ex-Texas death row inmate freed; AG drops charges sasquatch  Sep-03-09 03:47 PM   #0 
  - I wonder if this is related to the recent New Yorker article documenting Texas as the first..  BREMPRO   Sep-03-09 04:05 PM   #1 
  - Well Texans don't believe in science, only religion and demogauges  sasquatch   Sep-03-09 04:13 PM   #2 
  - And Ohio rigs all elections in favor of the GOP.  kentauros   Sep-03-09 05:26 PM   #6 
     - And all of the people that did that were thrown out of power  sasquatch   Sep-04-09 12:38 PM   #17 
  - well, according to justice scalia.... there is nothing unconstitutional about excuting an innocent  ejpoeta   Sep-03-09 04:46 PM   #4 
  - I am the last person on earth to defend Scalia, and don't doubt he believes that  Sen. Walter Sobchak   Sep-03-09 06:50 PM   #10 
  - As if any governor in America is going to face the wrath of a nation full of torturers  depakid   Sep-04-09 12:57 PM   #19 
  - Guess you're not really the last person on earth to defend Scalia.  No Elephants   Sep-05-09 05:43 AM   #23 
     - this is a very common attitude on the federal bench  Sen. Walter Sobchak   Sep-05-09 04:07 PM   #26 
  - right  BREMPRO   Sep-03-09 07:21 PM   #11 
     - yes..  naaman fletcher   Sep-03-09 08:29 PM   #12 
     - You said it perfectly. n/t  Psephos   Sep-03-09 09:30 PM   #15 
  - That's an extraordinary article, and should be read by anyone drawn to this thread  Psephos   Sep-03-09 09:29 PM   #14 
     - Willingham was dealt a bad hand:.  BREMPRO   Sep-04-09 12:18 AM   #16 
     - Telling another inmate that he comitted the crime wasn't the brightest move for this Toney guy.  superconnected   Sep-04-09 12:45 PM   #18 
        - Maybe there are advantages to seeming tough while you're stuck in prison?  No Elephants   Sep-05-09 05:52 AM   #25 
     - Article  maglatinavi   Sep-08-09 01:32 AM   #28 
  - Gosh, better not tell Fat Tony about this.  Wapsie B   Sep-03-09 04:43 PM   #3 
  - I gonna go out on a limb  TransitJohn   Sep-03-09 04:50 PM   #5 
  - Don't get hurt in the fall as your limb breaks, but here is the  24601   Sep-03-09 05:35 PM   #8 
  - The guy that Texas did execute in error was white too!  MadMaddie   Sep-03-09 08:31 PM   #13 
  - {Bites tongue.}  No Elephants   Sep-05-09 05:48 AM   #24 
  - Sadly, in Texas if he was his chances of exoneration would have been slimmer.  George II   Sep-03-09 05:50 PM   #9 
  - The Innocence Project...  Speciesamused   Sep-03-09 05:26 PM   #7 
  - Signed in just to K&R  madmusic   Sep-04-09 01:23 PM   #20 
     - I see your not on the "Texas can do no wrong" team  sasquatch   Sep-04-09 01:37 PM   #21 
        - Which I imagine is as equally absurd as the...  LanternWaste   Sep-04-09 02:35 PM   #22 
        - The Word Is "You're," Not "Your."  Paladin   Sep-05-09 08:41 PM   #27 
 

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