Wednesday, August 13, 2014

John Jackson: Dallas news says allegations against Cameron Todd Willingham arson case prosecutor John Jackson must be examined.

EDITORIAL: "Allegations against prosecutor in arson case must be examined," published by the Dallas News on August 4, 2014.

GIST:  "The new grievance filed with the bar pulls back more layers on this tortured case. It asserts a yearlong cover-up by Jackson about his dealings with Webb. It also charges that Jackson worked through a wealthy philanthropist-rancher, Charles Pearce Jr., now deceased, to keep Webb quiet about his role in the case. Webb told the Innocence Project that he got regular monthly payments plus a truck from the benefactor, according to the grievance. The Willingham case has reeked ever since Innocence Project lawyers filed a complaint with the Texas Forensic Science Commission in 2006, attacking the conclusions of arson investigators that Willingham set the fatal fire in his Corsicana home. The commission’s final report in the matter said investigators had relied on outmoded practices and standards in concluding and then testifying that the fire was intentionally set. In the absence of an unassailable finding of arson, the credibility of the Willingham execution relies in part on the assertion of Willingham’s alleged jailhouse confession. If that’s hogwash, too, it will be painful but important for the public to hear. As long as Texans support the death penalty in overwhelming numbers, it’s vital that they know how thin a line of defense there is to the possibility of fatal error."

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