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Posts tagged "Texas"

Texas Fire Review Panel Flags Work in 2 Cases

Over the past decade or so, arson investigation has come under greater scrutiny.   The most well-known case is that of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed for arson-murder despite the emergence of strong post-conviction evidence that the fire was not intentionally set. Now, the Associated Press reports that a Texas fire review panel has...

TX Legislature Considering Exoneration Review Panel

In the wake of criminal charges being brought against the prosecutor in exoneree Michael Morton’s case, there may be legislation enacted to prevent future wrongful convictions in Texas.  The nine member Timothy Cole Exoneration Review Commission would study the causes of wrongful convictions and publish its findings and recommendations.  The commission is named for Timothy...

TX Inmate Waiting for Retrial since Conviction Reversed in 1980

The Associated Press reports on the story of Jerry Hartfield, who remains in prison awaiting retrial after his conviction was reversed.  While this scenario is common to many inmates, Hartfield’s conviction was reversed in 1980, yes, 1980.  He has been waiting almost 30 years for his retrial.  How did this happen? In 1977, Hartfield was...

NY Times Op-ed: “A Texas Prosecutor Faces Justice”

The New York Times’ Joe Nocera has written an op-ed about the Michael Morton case and the upcoming proceedings against Ken Anderson, the county district attorney in the case.  The op-ed’s opening lines give an indication of how significant this event is:  ”In just about a month from now, Texas will witness a rare event:...

Death Row Exoneree Supports Pardon for Cameron Todd Willingham

The family of Cameron Todd Willingham is petitioning the state to issue a posthumous pardon which will clear Willingham’s name.  Last week, Willingham’s stepmother and two cousins were in Austin, Texas at the state capital to present the petition.  The facts of Willingham’s case are fairly simple.  In 1992, Willingham was convicted of intentionally setting...