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Texas execution: Statements by Gov. Rick Perry, others don't align with facts (Chicago Trib)
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Case of Cameron Todd Willingham in doubt
By Steve Mills
Tribune Newspapers
October 19, 2009

... Charge: On Thursday, officials in Corsicana, Texas, released a sworn affidavit from the brother of Willingham's wife that he signed shortly before the execution. In it, he claims that Stacy Willingham told her family that her husband confessed to her before the execution.

Fact: In 2004, Stacy Willingham told the Tribune that Willingham never confessed. Earlier this year she told David Grann, a reporter for The New Yorker magazine, that she stood by her statements. She came to believe that Willingham was guilty after she reviewed the case herself ...

Charge: Perry has called the fire scientists and investigators who have reviewed the case "latter-day supposed experts." He has suggested they were aligned with death penalty opponents. Both statements appear to be efforts to question their impartiality and their credentials.

Fact: The nine scientists and investigators involved, all of whom have found the original investigation flawed, have worked for both defense lawyers and prosecutors, as well as for attorneys in civil litigation. All are considered among the field's leaders. Some are viewed as prosecution-oriented ...

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-tc-nw-willingham...
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