News 10.02.09

Friday Roundup: A Troubling Development in Texas

We wrote this week about Gov. Rick Perry’s troubling move to remove three members from a panel charged with reviewing arson evidence that led to Cameron Todd Willingham’s 2004 execution. Because of the shakeup, the panel's meeting scheduled for today was cancelled.

The fallout continues — here are stories from

The New York Times

,

Wall Street Journal Law Blog

,

USA Today

,

Volokh Conspiracy

and the

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

. Join the conversation about this case on our

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.

This week’s move by Gov. Perry, together with other forensic stories in Texas and around the country, have underscored

the need

for an independent, science-based federal entity to support and oversee forensic science:

An article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

investigated questions about the reliability of autopsies

.


The Houston Chronicle published an editorial about wrongful convictions and dog scent lineups

. “We love dogs, but we have our limits. We don't think they should be allowed to vote, hold public office or provide court testimony,” the paper's editors wrote.

David Scott of Indiana is

seeking to clear his name

. He was freed last year after serving 23 years for a murder he didn’t commit, but he still has the crime on his record.

Wilder “Ken” Berry,

a wrongfully convicted Illinois man

who was cleared in 2006

was appointed to serve

on a board that advises the state department of corrections on its policies.


KPBS public radio profiled the work of

the California Innocence Project

.

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