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Originally posted by MysterE
It is a shame that this happened, if indeed he was innocent. However the death penalty is not always a bad thing.
Our prisions are overcrowded and it is expensive to keep them alive. In Florida it costs $55.09/day on average to keep an inmate in prision
It is a shame that this case went wrong, and if the man was innocent, then what a terrible mistake. BUT the dealth penalty is a necessity.
investigators failed to examine all of the electrical outlets and appliances in the Willinghams' house in the small Texas town of Corsicana, did not consider other potential causes for the fire, came to conclusions that contradicted witnesses at the scene, and wrongly concluded Willingham's injuries could not have been caused as he said they were...
The state fire marshal on the case, Beyler concluded in his report, had "limited understanding" of fire science. The fire marshal "seems to be wholly without any realistic understanding of fires and how fire injuries are created," he wrote.
The marshal's findings, he added, "are nothing more than a collection of personal beliefs that have nothing to do with science-based fire investigation."
Over the past five years, the Willingham case has been reviewed by nine of the nation's top fire scientists -- first for the Tribune, then for the Innocence Project, and now for the commission. All concluded that the original investigators relied on outdated theories and folklore to justify the determination of arson.
Originally posted by Sestias
Texas has the highest execution rate in the country. It was apparently in such a hurry to execute Cameron Todd Willingham they couldn't wait until a proper investigation was conducted.