Monthly Archives: October 10, 2009

7th World Day against the Death Penalty

Initiatives of the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty mark the 7th WorldDay against the Death Penalty on Saturday, 10 October 2009. Every year since2003 abolitionists have organized events around the world on this day to say No tothe death penalty. This year, across five continents, petitions, round tables,discussions, debates and exhibitions are planned. To…read more

Letters to the Editor: Obstruction of justice?

The Austin American-Statesman has published several letters, including one from Allison Dieter of Texas Moratorium Network in response to Gov. Perry move to cover up the case of Cameron Todd Willingham. Obstruction of justice? Re: Oct. 1 article “Governor shakes up forensic agency.” The case of Cameron Todd Willingham is apparently scaring pro-capital punishment forces,…read more

Rally in San Antonio for Reginald Blanton

Saturday, October 10, 3:00 PM Texas plans to take the life of death row prisoner Reginald Blanton on October 27. Reginald’s case is riddled with injustice. He was convicted of killing his best friend Carlos Garza over jewelry. The evidence against him is of two witnesses: his brother and his brother’s then-pregnant girlfriend. Both have…read more

Michael Hall: Memo to Kay

ā€ˇTexas Monthly’s Michael Hall gives advice to Kay Bailey Hutchison on how to criticize Perry for his cover up of Todd Willingham investigation. Hey Senator Hutchison, would your campaign have any interest in painting your opponent, Governor Rick Perry, as a corrupt, cold-hearted political hack who will do anything to cover his ass when he…read more

Rick Perry's Cover Up of Todd Willingham Report on Front Page of

CNN is running the story about Rick Perry’s cover-up in the Todd Willingham case on the front page of Did Texas execute innocent man?. The report includes an interview with Texas Moratorium Network’s Scott Cobb. CNN’s Randi Kaye looks at whether politics is behind the delayed hearing on a controversial Texas execution. Embedded video…read more

Hear Texas Observer's Dave Mann on NPR

The Observer‘s Associate Editor talks to “All Things Considered” host Robert Siegel about Perry’s astounding move to replace key members of the Forensic Science Commission. Perry’s move came one day before the commission was to examine a report on faulty arson science that almost certainly led to the execution of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was…read more

Is Perry pulling a Nixon?

That’s the title of Lisa Falkenberg’s column in today’s Houston Chronicle. It would be a dangerous political liability for any candidate: The possibility that, as governor, Rick Perry presided over the execution of an innocent man Yet, that’s the prospect raised in recent years by several arson experts and exhaustive national media reports in the…read more

Gubernatorial Candidates Kinky Friedman and Hank Gilbert on Todd Willingham

Former Independent and now Democratic gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman has release a statement in response to Governor. Rick Perry’s removal of three members of the Texas Forensic Science Commission saying, “You know what you call it when an innocent person is executed? Murder.” Dear Friends: Rick Perry’s reign of incompetence continues. This time Perry is…read more

Call Governor Perry to Protest his Shocking Cancellation of Meeting on Todd Willingham Case and his Replacement of Chair of Forensic Science Commision

We were planning to attend the meeting of the Texas Forensic Science Commission on Friday and hold a demonstration to “Shout it from the Rooftops” that Todd Willingham was innocent. Now, Perry has canceled the meeting and replaced the Commission’s chair and some other members with Williamson County’s DA John Bradley. Call the Governor’s office…read more