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- Aug 27, 2005
- Reaction score
- Houston, TX
- Political Leaning
AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas judge will consider this week whether a man the state executed in 2004 for killing his three toddlers in a house fire was actually innocent of the crimes.
If the court exonerates Cameron Todd Willingham he will be the first person officially declared innocent after being executed in the modern era of US capital punishment.
"This is a watershed case that may break some new ground," said Richard Dieter, director of the Death Penalty Information Center.
This, of course, is the infamous case where Governor Rick Perry replaced the Forensic Science Board, as they were about to investigate the case, with 3 political appointees, who then shut down the investigation.
This is also why I am against the death penalty. If it were infallible, I would be the first to volunteer to "throw the switch" on the condemned. But the death penalty is not worth the state-sanctioned murder of innocent people. Not even if it were only one. I don't support murder, legal or otherwise, and that is exactly what this execution was - A murder.
Article is here.