You may recall the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, a man executed in 2004 for an arson that killed his own children. Forensic evidence has debunked the “science” that was used in court to prove the fire was set intentionally. It’s possible then that the state of Texas executed an innocent man, though Gov. Rick Perry has insisted that’s not the case.
Today the Innocence Project, along with exoneree Michael Morton and several relatives of Willingham announced that they’ve uncovered new evidence that the prosecutor in the case paid favors to the jailhouse informant whose testimony was also key to a conviction. They’ve asked the governor to open an investigation into whether Willingham should be pardoned for this crime. The prosecutor denies there was any such misconduct.
From Texas Tribune:
Morton, who was convicted of his wife’s murder in 1987 and spent nearly 25 years in prison before DNA testing led to his exoneration in 2011, appealed to Perry as a Christian to examine whether human errors led to a wrongful execution.
“We’re here for one simple reason,” Morton said. “As believers, we’re asking him to consider this. We’re not asking for promises.”
Odds that Perry will give the matter much thought?