Monday, July 30, 2012

Bulletin: Cameron Todd Willingham. (Aftermath of Forensic Science Comm. Hearings) New Texas fire marshal vows reform. Grits for Breakfast;

STORY: "State fire marshal pledges to assist in innocence review of old arson cases," published by "Grits for Breakfast" on July 30, 2012.

GIST: "Texas' new state fire marshal, Chris Connealy, told the Forensic Science Commission on Friday that he will use recommendations in the commission's report on the Todd Willingham arson investigation as a blueprint for reforming the agency, and even "go beyond" them. The former Houston and Cedar Park fire chief, who took the job about a month ago, embraced scientific advancements in the arson field that the agency heretofore strongly resisted. The fire marshal will update its training and standard operating procedures, he said, and create a new science advisory committee. Connealy also pledged to work with my employers at the Innocence Project of Texas (IPOT) to review arson convictions of current TDCJ inmates for potentially valid innocence claims based on flawed forensics. I got to visit a bit with Mr. Connealy after the meeting and he seemed just as committed to confronting flawed arson forensics as his predecessor seemed committed to ducking the issue. Frankly it was a breath of fresh air."

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