Friday, August 15, 2014

Texas: Cameron Todd Willingham: His case is cited in an Associated Press story reporting that the Texas fire marshal is offering old cases for review by the Innocence Project of Texas.

GIST: "The state fire marshal in Texas says he will allow advocates to review more than a decade's worth of cases investigated by his office to identify possible wrongful convictions. The office has already sent 24 case files from 2002 to 2004 to the Innocence Project of Texas. Fire Marshal Chris Connealy said he intends to let the advocacy group review all his cases up to this year. "Why not?" Connealy told The Associated Press in an interview last week. "We serve the public. And I want the public to have confidence in the criminal justice system." That confidence has been tested by problems with several high-profile arson cases in Texas, most notably the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, a man executed in 2004 for killing his three daughters in a 1991 house fire in Corsicana, south of Dallas. Advocates have long pursued Willingham's case for evidence suggesting that he was wrongfully executed. Several fire science experts have criticized the findings of fire investigators who concluded the blaze was set intentionally, and a jailhouse informant who testified that Willingham confessed to killing his daughters has recanted. While efforts to press Willingham's case continue after his death, Connealy's office and criminal justice advocates have agreed to work together to weed out problems with fire investigations overall. Connealy has been working with the Innocence Project of Texas for more than a year to review old cases.........Nick Vilbas, executive director of the Innocence Project of Texas, said both the fire marshal's office and advocates have the same goal of seeking justice. "As long as we trust each other and work together, I don't think there's any issue there," Vilbas told the AP on Tuesday. "We both have a common goal of seeing that justice is done for those who have been convicted on the basis of outdated arson science.""

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