An execution in Texas

The prominence of the name Cameron Todd Willingham will grow in proportion to how Rick Perry does in the GOP presidential nominating process.

Willingham was executed in Texas in 2004 for the deaths of his three children in what was described as an arson fire. But there is evidence that showed that there was never a case of arson, and that Rick Perry intentionally derailed Willingham’s appeals process so the execution could take place.

This link has the New Yorker story that detailed the case and the subsequent execution. And the Huffington Post, in this link, does a long examination of Perry’s role in making sure the execution of a possibly innocent man was carried out.

Rick Perry holds the death record for governors, signing off on 254 executions.

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