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Texas panel reviews ruling that led to execution

September 26th, 2009 . by TexasFred

Texas panel reviews ruling that led to execution

CORSICANA, Texas (AP) - More than five years after his final act from the Texas death chamber gurney was a profanity-filled tirade, the murder case of executed inmate Cameron Todd Willingham refuses to die.

Willingham was executed in February 2004 - proclaiming his innocence and hoping aloud that his wife would “rot in hell” - for the deaths of his three young daughters in a fire at their Corsicana home on Dec. 23, 1991.

An arson finding by investigators was key to his conviction in the circumstantial case.

The Innocence Project, a nonprofit legal organization that investigates possible wrongful convictions, questioned Willingham’s guilt. Now the Texas Forensic Science Commission will review a report Friday from an expert it hired who concluded the original arson determination was faulty.

The prosecutor in the case still believes Willingham is guilty, but acknowledges it would have been hard to win a death sentence without the arson finding.

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Texas panel reviews ruling that led to execution

Yesterday, a whiny little libber twat calling himself Ian, tried to engage me in a debate on this story, via email, based solely on the information found posted in the Dallas Morning News. I told Ian, in a one line email response to his tirade against Texas Governor Rick Perry, “Well, everyone has their own opinion”, and I left it at that.

Ian sent back another email calling me a *chicken shit* for not engaging him, and entertaining him while his Mommie was at the truck stop turning tricks.

OK Ian, I have taken time and thought about it, and here’s all I have to say regarding this matter, and by the way, your emails are still blocked, I KNOW that you’re still reading the blog and just to make it fair, I don’t want you to say you weren’t told before hand, you will NEVER have a comment show on this blog. Yes, you really ARE that irrelevant.

The 1st this I have to say is, this is NOT a case that I am, or ever was personally involved in, nor is it one I am particularly interested by. The guy is dead, he was executed, and that, as they say, is that.

Yes, Gov. Perry is guilty of not stopping the execution. He was NOT privy to this latest information at the time of the execution. Our Governor is NOT in the habit of over-ruling the Texas legal system, that is NOT his job, unless there is indisputable evidence to mandate his intercession. In this particular case, at the time of the execution, there was NOT!

He uses the CURRENT information he has at hand, then he makes a decision. That doesn’t make Perry wrong OR right, it makes him the man that is faced with a decision based on the findings of a court and the verdict of a jury.

John Jackson, the prosecutor in Navarro County, about 50 miles south of Dallas, says the original fire investigation was “undeniably flawed,” based on subsequent reviews, but remains confident Willingham was guilty of killing Amber, 2, and 1-year-old twins Karmon and Kameron.

“What people missed is that even though the arson report may be flawed, it certainly doesn’t mean it arrived at a faulty conclusion,” Jackson said.

Now Ian, I want you to pay very close attention here, I know it’s tough on you, with the diminished capacity you obviously have, but here’s the REAL deal Scooter; the original fire investigation was “undeniably flawed,” based on subsequent reviews’, do you get it now dimwit? Subsequent reviews.

If Rick Perry is guilty of anything, it’s being guilty of basing his decision on faulty data, and that was NOT his fault. All he could do was use the best information available at the time!

The folks that need to be concerned now are the ones that presented this case in the 1st place. If they are guilty of perjury, and if that perjury led to the execution of an innocent man, woe be unto them and their future.

Basing a decision on faulty data? Where have we ALL heard that one before? :?

Douglas Fogg stands by his conclusions as the former assistant fire chief who helped investigate the deadly blaze.

“The bleeding hearts that are against the death penalty are trying to stir everything up again,” he told The Dallas Morning News last month. “They finally got someone who would say what they wanted to hear.”

Ian, I think he’s talking about people like YOU! :P

And like John Jackson, the prosecutor in Navarro County said, “I’m not losing a whole lot of sleep.”

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7 Responses to “Texas panel reviews ruling that led to execution”

  1. comment number 1 by: Gawfer

    Awful generous of you to give so much of your time to a troll, Fred. You do have a sense of charity… I stand corrected, :D

  2. comment number 2 by: TexasFred

    Damn Gawfer… :P

  3. comment number 3 by: HoosierArmyMom

    Your little troll Ian must not be capable of critical thinking, otherwise he would question why a group that was anti-death penalty would hire an investigator who didn’t think the way they do. This so called investigator… what are his credentials??? Did the Dallas Morning News present that? Did they even ask that???

    I can guarantee the firefighter who determined this was arson had years of training and experience. And probably had the best equipment and access to a professional lab on the scene!!! Then you have some investigator hired by a bleeding heart organization who no longer has access to the “crime scene”, reviewing the findings of a professional arson investigator and saying “it’s flawed”.

    Further, one must ask, “flawed in what way”????? Just saying it’s flawed 18 years later doesn’t have much teeth with those who think critically. I have more respect for our firefighters in this country to buy into some retarded liberal organization’s attempt to discredit them.

    In the words of Toby Keith’s song, altered slightly… “How do ya like Texas Fred and Gov. Perry now… that you are wearing stupid all over your face?????

  4. comment number 4 by: TexasFred

    And again, I am LMAO… Great comments… :mrgreen:

  5. comment number 5 by: TexasFred

    And in the immortal words of Ron White, “If you come to Texas and kill somebody, we will kill you back.”

  6. comment number 6 by: HoosierArmyMom

    Gotta love Texas on that one TF!!!

  7. comment number 7 by: Patrick Sperry

    I read this and just went wtf? Based upon what? What was “flawed?” Is that finding based upon today’s technology or that which was available at the time?

    Arson that results in a death deserves death for the penalty if it was intentional arson. Ian, if you’re reading this? I’m a retired Paramedic and had the unfortunate experience of going on calls where kids died in fires. In one, the kids died from flames, not smoke inhalation. When I testified at the trial the defense attorney asked if I knew about the problems associated with lethal injection. I responded that I was very good at starting IV lines, and pushing drugs through them. Further, that I would be more then happy to perform those duties for the defendant… As I looked the murdering SOB straight in the eye… So if you think that Fred is hard core you need to re-think his position…