First, let me qualify by saying that Rick Perry is not a friend of Liberty. Rick Perry is a friend of Rick Perry. He would rather cover up evidence of a shoddy investigation rather than expose the truth.
Instead of listening to independent investigators detail the multiple flaws in an arson investigation that led to a man being convicted and sentenced to death, he fires the head of the commission investigating the incident. The replacement commissioner, assigned by Perry, immediately cancels a hearing on the matter originally scheduled for Friday.
So Perry fires the man who finds a flawed investigation and replaces him with someone willing to hide the details.
“Gov. Rick Perry has replaced the head of a state commission that is investigating a questionable finding of arson in the case that led to the 2004 execution of Cameron Todd Willingham, just as the commission was due to hold a public hearing examining the case.
The commission had hired a nationally known expert whose review of the Willingham case was released last month. The author, Craig Beyler, called the investigation slipshod and determined that almost all of the evidence presented was based on junk science….
This week, the governor chose not to extend the terms of Austin lawyer Sam Bassett, former chair of the commission, as well as two others on the nine-member Texas Forensic Science Commission. The new commission chair promptly canceled Friday’s meeting on the Beyler report…”
Source: The Dallas Morning News