There’s an unusual hearing in Texas today where a court of inquiry is being asked to declare a convicted killer innocent–six years after he was executed. Cameron Todd Willingham was found guilty in the arson death of his three children at their home in Corsicana, Texas. But last year a report in The New Yorker cast doubt on the forensic evidence used to conclude the fire was set, a finding later reinforced by the Texas Forensic Science Commission.
The case became even more muddled when Governor Rick Perry replaced four of the nine members of the Commission and more so this week when the district attorney’s office asked the judge holding today’s hearing to recuse himself in part because he won an award from the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.
Source: CBS News