News 09.17.10

Texas Officials Review Arson Conviction

UPDATE: 11:58 a.m. ET — the commission has returned from executive session –

watch the meeting live here

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The Texas Forensic Science Commission is meeting in Dallas today to examine the arson conviction of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in 2004 despite the fact that critical testimony of a fire investigator in his case was based on bad forensic science. The group opened the session at 9:30 CST and, after approving the minutes of the last meeting, immediately entered a closed session to receive legal advice.

When the meeting resumes in public session,

we’ll be streaming live video here

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We will post updates throughout the day on Twitter,

follow the hashtag #TFSC for more

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The commission drew criticism this week when it released a draft report in advance of the meeting finding no negligence or misconduct by arson investigators in the case. Innocence Project Co-Director

Barry Scheck called the draft report “troubling” and said “it ducks the important issues raised in our allegation to the Commission.”



Read more about this week’s developments.

Get background on the TFSC and key documents in the Willingham case

on our resource page

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