Monthly Archives: November 11, 2009

John Bradley's Use of Misinformation to Push His Political Agenda

Yesterday, John Bradley, the new chair of the Texas Forensic Science Commission, testified to the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice. The question is whether Bradley’s testimony to the committee or any comments he gives to the media can be trusted. Based on the statements he gave to the media during the last session of the…read more

Ehsan Fattahian was Hanged Early This Morning

Iran Human Rights, November 11: According to reliable sources in Iran, the Kurdish political prisoner Ehsan Fattahian was hanged in Sanandaj today. The numerous campaigns by the local and international human rights groups to stop his execution did not give any result. He was executed in the prison of Sanandaj this morning. Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the…read more

Tune in Online: Hearing Tuesday on Texas Forensics

In Austin tomorrow morning, the Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee will question John Bradley, the newly appointed chairman of the state Forensic Science Commission, about the panel’s ongoing work. Before Gov. Rick Perry replaced four commission members, the panel was in the process of reviewing forensic evidence used against Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed…read more

Keith Hampton Running for Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

A few months ago, TMN wrote a post asking “After Todd Wilingham and Sharon Keller debacles, where are the Democratic candidates challenging members of the Court of Criminal Appeals?“ Where are the Democratic candidates challenging the incumbents on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals who are running for re-election in 2010? The CCA allowed an…read more

Eric Wrinkles on the Oprah Winfrey show

Tomorrow at 4 pm EST, the Oprah Winfrey show will focus on the case of Eric Wrinkles, who was sentenced to death in Vanderburgh County, Indiana, for killing his estranged wife and two of her relatives while he was in a meth-induced psychosis. The show includes interviews with Wrinkles and victims’ family members. The show…read more

John Bradley: FSC Investigations Should be Secret

“It’s not a good idea to conduct an investigation in a public forum”– John Bradley Williamson County District Attorney John Bradley thinks Forensic Science Commission investigations should be secret and not open to public scrutiny, according to the following article by Mary Alice Robbins of Texas Lawyer. Grits For Breakfast has posted the list of…read more

Rep. Hank Johnson Introduces Bill to protect innocent Americans from Execution

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), along with Constitution Subcommittee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers [D-MI], Crime Subcommittee Chairman Bobby Scott [D-VA], Rep. Anthony Weiner [D-NY] , Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee [D-TX], and Ways and Means Subcommittee Chairman John Lewis [D-GA] today introduced the Effective Death Penalty Appeals Act (H.R. 3986), which would…read more

Contact Governor Perry to Urge Clemency for Khristian Oliver, Whose Jury Consulted the Bible During Deliberations on Death Penalty

From 2008 5th Circuit ruling on Khristian Oliver: The jury’s use of the Bible during the sentencing phase of Oliver’s trial amounted to an improper external influence on the jury’s deliberations. However, Oliver has failed to rebut the state court’s factual finding that the Bible did not prejudice the jury’s decision. Therefore, we AFFIRM the…read more

KPFT Execution Watch on November 5th

Khristian Oliver’s jury consulted the Bible before sentencing him to death. On Thursday, the state of Texas plans to carry out the sentence. If they do, Execution Watch will have a show. KPFT Houston 90.1 FM, HD-2 channelStreaming live 6-7 p.m. CT on and Texas’s badge of shame by broadcasting during executionsScheduled Dates:…read more