Saturday, August 16, 2014

Cameron Todd Willingham: Rodger Jones biting commentary: "Was Willingham a ‘monster’? That doesn’t matter in questions of corrupted justice." The Dallas Morning News. (Must Read. HL):

COMMENTARY: "Was Willingham a 'monster'? That doesn't matter in questions of corrupted justice," by Rodger Jones, editorial writer, the Dallas News, published on August 5, 2014.

 GIST: "Willingham’s crummy reputation and life of crime might have convinced prosecutors that they had the right guy. Shoot, Gov. Rick Perry was convinced of that later on, defending the execution by calling Willingham a “monster.” But if prosecutors didn’t put on an honest, righteous case, they allowed their biases to skew the scales of justice. There are great lawmen out there, with rich experience and uncanny instincts. None of them is perfect, though. Our criminal justice system is built to eliminate hunches and guesswork in the search of the truth.The drafters of the Constitution certainly wanted to check the state’s considerable power against the accused. What would John Adams say if he saw the Innocence Project’s bill of particulars against the DA who prosecuted Willingham?"

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