Tonight on CBS’s “The Good Wife,” Innocence Project Co-Director Barry Scheck will play himself on the episode entitled, “Nine Hours.” Although TV crime dramas frequently focus on wrongful conviction cases, this is one of the first times a drama has mentioned a real Innocence Project case by name. “The Good Wife” episode tonight refers to the Cameron Todd Willingham arson case.
Willingham was executed in Texas in 2004 for allegedly setting a fire that killed his three young daughters 13 years earlier. He always claimed his innocence, and the arson investigation used to convict him was questioned by leading experts before Willingham was executed.
The Texas Forensic Science Commission is currently investigating whether professional negligence or misconduct played a role in the forensic evidence that led to Willingham’s conviction. The commission is scheduled to meet tomorrow in Austin and could discuss Willingham’s case.
Image: Julianna Margulies, left and Miranda Cosgrove, right, appear on “The Good Wife.” Photo: Craig Blankenhorn/CBS