Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Will Todd Willingham come back to haunt Rick Perrry from the grave?

Good Day Readers:

First a little background.

The above interview is from October of 2009. You may recall Barry Scheck from the 1995 O J Simpson double murder trial in which his challenge of the prosecution's DNA evidence (tainted) was significant in the Defendant's eventual acquittal.

Fast forward to today where the Supreme Court of the United States while this is being written has announced a delay in the execution of Troy Davis (the fourth so far) in a case that goes back over 22-years recently garnering worldwide attention.

Mr. Davis was convicted of shooting to death a Georgia police officer, however, since then 7 of 9 witnesses have come forward to recant their earlier testimony claiming they were pressured by police at the time. To complicate matters, the Supreme Court asked federal judge William Moore to review the evidence and in a 150-page report issued last June ruled even with the recantations there was sufficient information to uphold the conviction.

As noted in the video, a 17-page article that appeared in the February 7, 2009 issue of The New Yorker Magazine (Trial By Fire - Did Texas execute an innocent man?) investigative reporter David Grann detailed his findings which cast serious doubts on the actions of Governor Perry at the time.

Earlier tonight Barry Scheck was interviewed by Chris Matthews on MSNBC's Hardball in light of the Troy Davis case. His prediction: as the presidential race continues to heat up the Willingham case could become a very serious problem for Rick Perry.

Clare L. Pieuk


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