Tuesday, September 1, 2009
That's the headline on the op-ed piece in the New York Times about the 2004 Texas execution of Cameron Todd Willingham, convicted of starting a fire that killed his children. He had turned down a plea bargain that would have spared him the death penalty. Substantial doubt has now been cast on the scientific evidence that the fire was arson. When so informed, the jailhouse snitch who testified against Willingham "seemed taken aback. 'Nothing can save me now,' he said." Doug Berman has links to other articles on the case at Sentencing Law and Policy.