More Than 400 Texans Urge Forensics Panel to Continue its Work
Posted: October 22, 2009 2:06 pm
More than 400 Texans from 125 cities and towns across the state today urged a state panel to continue its work of reviewing the forensic evidence used in the Cameron Todd Willingham arson case.
A letter sent today to John Bradley, the newly-appointed chairman of the Texas Forensic Science Committee, urged him to ensure that the panel continues its work of evaluating forensic evidence in state cases. Joining hundreds of concerned citizens were 15 people exonerated through DNA testing after serving years in Texas prisons for crimes they didn’t commit.
Bradley will testify November 10 before a special hearing of the Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee. He is expected to answer legislators’ questions about the status of the Forensic Science Commission’s work and plans for continuing ongoing investigations.
“Undue delay — much less a complete change of course — seems destined to sweep this investigation, Texans' faith in forensic evidence and our criminal justice system, maybe even jurors' willingness to convict, away with it,” today’s letter reads, in part.
Read the full letter here. (PDF)
Get background on the Willingham case, and an update on recent developments , on our Willingham resource page.
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