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  •  We should, of course (2+ / 0-)
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    Scientician, ivorybill

    I think we can hold both truths in our minds, though.

    In the C. Todd Willingham case, Perry has a great deal to hide, because he intervened in the Pardons and Parole board and the arson investigations for the state. He fired people who came up with exculpatory evidence and people who wanted to reconsider. I.e. the governor might not be able to intervene directly, but that doesn't mean Perry's not a stupid, homicidal, glib, corrupt man who would gladly see the innocent die if it meant votes and votes meant contributions.

    When people suddenly fire whole boards and replace them, the firing is one story. The replacement is another story. Who are those people? Where do they come from? Has somebody promised votes or money? Rick can't be bought for $5,000.

    Every reductio ad absurdum will seem like a good idea to some fool or another.

    by The Geogre on Thu Sep 22, 2011 at 05:50:40 PM PDT

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    •  Yes, this is precisely the point (2+ / 0-)
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      Scientician, The Geogre

      Perry may have luittle control over the process, but he still fears political consequences.  So, instead of dealing with the political consequences of issuing a 30 day stay, he let the execution go forward and then when the issue remained alive even after the man was dead, he made the political calculation to tweak the investigation.  

      It's his active cheerleading of the death penalty, and then what appears to be obstruction of an investigation for political purposes that is the issue here.  He probably couldn't have saved Willingham, but he could have acted on evidence to grant a 30 day stay.  Barring that, he could have addressed the issue honestly and permitted a proper investigation.  He did neither, and he owns that execution as a result.

      “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

      by ivorybill on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 10:13:38 AM PDT

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