Further Fallout From State's Investigation of the Execution of Cameron Todd Willingham
|Cameron Todd Willingham|
Today, The New York Times's editorial board weighs in on the results of the investigation: "The commission is to be commended for conducting this inquiry, but it is outrageous that Texas is conducting its careful, highly skilled investigation after Mr. Willingham has been executed, rather than before." And sure to garner considerable attention is this just-published piece in The New Yorker, which clocks in at more than 16,000 words. Toward the end, David Grann, author of the epic, writes this of the officially sanctioned investigation:
The commission is reviewing his findings, and plans to release its own report next year. Some legal scholars believe that the commission may narrowly assess the reliability of the scientific evidence. There is a chance, however, that Texas could become the first state to acknowledge officially that, since the advent of the modern judicial system, it had carried out the "execution of a legally and factually innocent person."