Saturday, 29 August 2009

New Moratorium Hopes

An anti-death penalty group hopes new evidence that Texas may have executed an innocent man will finally put the death chamber on pause. The Chicago Tribune reports that an expert hired by the Texas Forensic Science Commission says the fire that killed Cameron Todd Willingham’s three daughters was accidental, not arson. Willingham was convicted, sentenced to death and executed in 2004 for setting that fatal fire. The Texas Moratorium Network’s Scott Cobb says that should change public and legislative opinion about a death penalty moratorium. “People of Texas and the policymakers take very seriously the possibility of an innocent person being executed and how that reflects on Texas.” This expert is not the first to come to the conclusion that the fatal fire was an accident and not arson.


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