Friday Roundup: An Arson Case Keeps the Spotlight
On Tuesday, Texas Senators questioned John Bradley, the new chairman of the state Forensic Science Commission. We reported on the hearing here. Bradley said the commission would eventually continue its investigation into the arson science used to convict Willingham, who was executed in 2004, but warned that the investigation
could stretch into 2011
. One state Senator said the commission
could emerge stronger
from the attention it has received through this process.
A column by Rick Casey in the Chronicle
questioned whether Bradley, a prosecutor, is the right person to lead an inquiry into scientific practices
In an editorial yesterday,
the Fort Worth Star-Telegram criticized Gov. Rick Perry
for refusing to hand over the clemency report in Willingham’s case in response to a Houston Chronicle request. The Chronicle is suing the state for access to the document.
In other news, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled this week that Greg Wilhoit, who spent four years on Oklahoma’s death row before he was acquitted on retrial,
has a viable legal claim against the state for his wrongful conviction
An op-ed in the San Jose Mercury News by Kathleen Ridolfi and Maurice Possley of the Northern California Innocence Project points to
prosecutorial misconduct’s high cost to taxpayers
Brian Dugan was
sentenced to death in Illinois this week
for the murder of a 10-year-old girl in 1983 — a crime for which two innocent men — Rolando Cruz and Alejandro Hernandez — spent 12 years each on death row. Read more and watch a video interview with Cruz.
Lawyers in Wisconsin are
seeking a new trial
for Reynold Moore, who was convicted in 1995 with five other men for allegedly committing a 1992 murder. A new book about the case — “
The Monfils Conspiracy
” is available here.
Death row exoneree Kirk Bloodsworth
spoke this wee
k at the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota.
North Carolina exoneree Ronald Cotton and crime victim Jennifer Thompson-Cannino
will speak November 18 at Vanderbilt University
new searchable Supreme Court database
offers information and analysis on the court’s rulings since 1953.
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