An evil man

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Texas governor Rick Perry is up for re-election.

Throughout his career, he has blathered on about morals and decency and God and love and justice and pride.

He is full of shit.

If there is one story you should read, it is this. Really, read it. It concerns a man named Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed after a lengthy stint on death row in 2004. Willingham was accused of intentionally killing his three children in a house fire, but—as it turns out—the blaze was almost certainly not deliberate. Yet despite the repeated—and convincing—efforts of people to prove that Willingham had done nothing wrong, Perry refused to suspend or call off the execution. According to the governor, the man deserved to die—innocent be damned.

And that was just the beginning.

Two weeks ago, with no stated justification, Perry removed the chairman of a state commission investigating the forensics of the fire. Furthermore, the chairman now says that members of Perry’s staff had tried to pressure him into directing the panel away from offering any details that might humiliate the governor. Here, read this.

Let’s think about this. Really, really think about it. We all get one shot at life. When it’s done, it’s done. If there’s any remote … slight … tiny doubt that someone about to be executed is not guilty, you must—as a moral human being—call off dropping the hammer. Or, even better, you must follow George Ryan, the former Illinois governor, and suspend the death penalty all together.

But, alas, Rick Perry is a scumbag politician. He has an election to win … a tough image to support … hands to shake.

Cameron Todd Willingham is dead.

Rick Perry is very much alive.

14 thoughts on “An evil man”

  1. Being a Texan in San Antonio, it just amazes me that this guy has so much support. The worst part about it is that he will be re-elected with no problem. Awful, awful, awful. Great job Jeff, I am a big fan

  2. read this, too.

    1) “Cameron Todd Willingham: Media Meltdown & the Death Penalty:
    “Trial by Fire: Did Texas execute an innocent man?”, by David Grann
    http://homicidesurvivors.com/2009/10/04/cameron-todd-willingham-media-meltdown–the-death-penalty.aspx

    As more reality comes to light, the more into disrepute run’s Grann’s article.

    Myarticle, above, was written and released prior to the Corsicana Fire Marshall’s report, below

    2) EXCLUSIVE: City report on arson probe:
    State panel asks for city response in Willingham case
    http://www.corsicanadailysun.com/news/local_story_276222736.html

    3) No Doubts
    http://www.corsicanadailysun.com/thewillinghamfiles/local_story_250180658.html

    For a collection of articles, go to:

    Corsicana Daily Sun, The Willingham Files
    http://www.corsicanadailysun.com/thewillinghamfiles

    OTHER REPORTS: There is the potential for, at least, 3 more, official, reports on this case: the Texas Fire Marshall’s office, which will give an official and requested reply, the Corsicana Police Dept. and Navarro County District Attorney’s office, both of which, I speculate, may only contribute to the TFM report, but could issue their own reports.

    There is an official “report” which, it appears, few have paid attention to – the trial transcript.

    I find that rather important because, at least five persons, who were involved with the trial, the prosecutor, defense attorney, two surviving fire investigators and a juror have all voiced support for the verdict, still, in the light of the criticism of the arson forensics.

    One of those original fire investigators is, now, an active certified arson expert.

    Dudley Sharp
    e-mail sharpjfa@aol.com, 713-622-5491,
    Houston, Texas

    Mr. Sharp has appeared on ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, FOX, NBC, NPR, PBS , VOA and many other TV and radio networks, on such programs as Nightline, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, The O’Reilly Factor, etc., has been quoted in newspapers throughout the world and is a published author.

    A former opponent of capital punishment, he has written and granted interviews about, testified on and debated the subject of the death penalty, extensively and internationally.

  3. Yeah, I’m in Austin. And it’s amazing that this buffoon continues to get the support he does. It’s really, really abysmal.

    On some fronts, Perry is good for comedic value because some of the (benign) shit he does is so laughable. This story is clearly no laughing matter.

  4. I agree 100% man. The whole situation is abominable and Perry shouldn’t just lose his election – he should face an investigation.

    But way to lift Rick Reilly’s “Magic Johnson is very much alive” line.

  5. Yeah, it was from ten or twelve years ago or something like that. Sorry, wasn’t trying to be a jerk…the line just kinda stuck with me. I’ll try to find it.

    And believe me, Reilly should be stealing from you, Jeff. At least for the last decade, he’s been royally bad.

  6. Ah yes, the same Rick Perry who wanted Texas to secede b/c he didn’t like how the presidential election turned out.

    What a despicable excuse for a human he is.

  7. wow…compelling story….thanks for opening my eyes…..I grew up in Jacksonville…now live in Ocala and didn’t know about the Lime Street arson case. What a story.

  8. Dudley, tell yourself whatever you need to in order to sleep at night, but you are arguing that a person against whom there was never any real scientific evidence deserved to be executed on disproved forensics. That’s not “victims’ advocacy,” that’s mindless bloodlust, and it’s disgusting.

    If you want the guilty to face punishment, you should welcome the fact that Texas has the opportunity to review its actions and make sure that this never happens again. You shouldn’t be glorifying wrongful executions, though–no rational or and/or empathetic person should.

  9. JR:

    Be more thoughtful.

    My point has been than many folks have just be presumming what they have read and heard is the full case. As I have posted, it most certainly hasn’t been and it is better to have more infomation, better yet all the inormation, prior to reaching conclusion.

    Strangely, even reporters have replied in disbelief to such a suggestion.

    But, the media has had such a history of blowing it with regard to innocents executed, you would think they would be more thoughtful, fact check more deaply, delve more into the facts. But, they don’t.

    They should,as should we.

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