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  •  Todd Willingham had a public defender at trial (4+ / 0-)

    and that is the man who has publicly said (paraphrasing) that we're all crazy for digging into this now because Willingham was guilty.  He's also said that Todd Willingham was a sociopath.  

    Willingham had another attorney representing him after his direct appeals had been denied.  That attorney (Walter Reaves) came to believe Willingham was innocent.

    Walter Reaves' recent blog post regarding the Willingham case --
    http://www.wacocriminallawblog.com/...

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    by Buckeye BattleCry on Thu Oct 15, 2009 at 05:33:14 AM PDT

    •  Snippet from Willingham's attorney's blog (1+ / 0-)
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      referenced in the above post--

      I still had some hope - I know, my wife has always wondered about my seemingly naive sense of optimism. There was still the governor, and the Parole Board. All I wanted was 30 days so we could try to get back in court. I don't know what the parole board actually saw - there was never a hearing, nor did they all get together to discuss it. Instead, they all submitted their no votes, and i was notified of those votes by fax. That left the governor; i didn't have much hope, but I still had a little. Shortly before 6:00 p.m. (the time scheduled for execution) I got the call. It was one of the most upsetting conversations I have ever had. It's probably a good thing it wasn't in person, because I would probably now have a criminal record. The call came from a young man, who I am guessing probably hadn't been out of school too long; he probably was even a lawyer. I got the impression the job of notification fell to him, and it was something he needed to get out of the way before he could go out and have drinks with his friends. What he told me has been seered into my brain - and it is probably I will never get out. What he said was that  the Governor had looked at the case, and he didn't any reason to delay the execution. Really!!!!! You have a nationally recognized expert telling you its not arson and that's not pause for concern?

      I promised that I wasn't going to give up on  his case, and I haven't. Thanks to the Innocence Project, and several reporters, the story will not go away. Barry Sheck and the project saw the problem with the case; what made it worse that another defendant, Ernest Willis had been released on almost identical evidence, and with the same expert. The only difference was the prosecutor. They submitted the two case to a panel of experts, who issued a report that has led the way in pointing out the myths that have been associated with arson cases. Two reporters from the Chicago Tribune also took the case, and published a terrific piece of investigative journalism. Through those efforts, the Court realized they had do something, and appointed the Forensic Commission. That commission took on the Willingham and Willis cases, and retained an expert to review them, which is where the current report came from.

      So far every expert that has reviewed the evidence has concluded there was no evidence of arson. So Governor Perry, there was a reason to delay the execution. The rush to carry out the execution, and make sure "justice was served" resulted in the most serious miscarriage of justice imaginable - the execution of an innocent person.

      Go read all of it!--

      http://www.wacocriminallawblog.com/...

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      by Buckeye BattleCry on Thu Oct 15, 2009 at 05:46:58 AM PDT

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    •  Like we can't see through THAT (2+ / 0-)

      ploy to cover his ass. And I am sure the DA who tried the case, will go to his grave saying Mr. Willingham was gulty EVEN AFTER Mr. Willingham is proven innocent. No one will claim responsibility for their roles in the execution of an innocent man. And the really sad thing is that a crime wasn't even committed. It's not as if we can go find the ACTUAL killer because there wasn't one. NO ONE is to blame for the deaths of the girls. But many are to blame for the death of their dad.

      I also suspect that all parties will continue the defamantion of Mr. Willingham. I could care less what kind of person he was -- he did not commit a crime that he was murdered for supposedly committing.

      This makes me so damn mad!

      Jennifer

      •  They're going after the expert too (0+ / 0-)

        saying he is some sort of advocate for anti-death penalty groups.  The guy couldn't be more upstanding and unbiased.  Strange that Perry doesn't mention the other 5 or 6 experts with reports concluding the fire wasn't arson.

        As for the continued defaming of Mr. Willingham--I think anyone with common sense understands that people of perfect character typically don't get charged in capital murder cases.  

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        by Buckeye BattleCry on Thu Oct 15, 2009 at 06:51:44 AM PDT

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        •  Oh yah! (1+ / 0-)
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          I heard that comment brushed by yesterday. Funny that there wasn't just ONE expert so they're going to have to smear a lot of people.

          And I love how smearing someone in TX is saying they're against the death penalty.

          Jennifer

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