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October 12, 2009

Still more changes in Texas panel looking at potential wrongful execution

This new piece from CNN, headlined "Fourth member replaced on Texas panel probing execution," reports on yet more tumult surrounding the Texas case thought by many to be evidence of an innocent person wrongfully executed. Here is how this piece starts:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has removed a fourth member of a state commission charged with investigating claims that an innocent man may have been executed, his office said.

The Texas governor has now replaced all of the four members that, under law, he is allowed to appoint to the commission. The remaining five members are appointed by the state's lieutenant governor and attorney general. Perry's critics say his actions are politically motivated, a charge he denies.

The investigation into claims that faulty evidence led Texas to execute an innocent man in 2004 was at a "crucial point" when the shakeup occurred, one of the replaced members said.

The commission was to hear from the author of a scathing report in the case of the executed man, Cameron Todd Willingham, when Perry announced on September 30 that he would replace three members. The session was postponed indefinitely because of the new appointments, and Perry's critics accused him of trying to quash the Willingham probe.

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"Perry's critics accused him of trying to quash the Willingham probe."

Replacing 4 out of 9 would be a singularly ineffective way of quashing the probe unless the other 5 were against it, which does not appear to be the case.

Posted by: Kent Scheidegger | Oct 12, 2009 10:58:18 AM

Whoa hey Kent & Kent. Whatever happened "nothing to hide" etc etc? Flesh it out?

Posted by: . | Oct 12, 2009 11:21:52 AM

In addition to being nameless, period, you are also incoherent.

Posted by: Kent Scheidegger | Oct 12, 2009 11:52:35 AM

"Perry's critics say his actions are politically motivated, a charge he denies."

You lie!

Isn't it amazing how nearly impossible it is for the government to take the same responsibility it requires everyone else to take?

Posted by: George | Oct 12, 2009 1:29:37 PM

Mr. Scheidegger-

Replacing 4 out of 9 would be a singular effective way of ensuring the probe is not completed until after the March 2, 2010 gubernatorial primary. Although neither you nor I can assume to know Gov. Perry's motivations here, it looks suspicious at best.

Posted by: Shawn | Oct 12, 2009 1:38:31 PM

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