Cameron Todd Willingham was executed in 2004 by the state of Texas for setting a fire that killed his three young children.
We’ve reported numerous times on this blog about the Cameron Todd Willingham case, and here is just one of those articles – Will Texas Admit It Executed an Innocent Man?
It’s clear to even the casual observer of this case that Todd Wilingham was wrongfully convicted and wrongfully executed. The State used now-debunked junk science in determining the fire that killed the Willingham children was arson. The case is carefully documented in the award winning film Incendiary: The Willingham Case.
And now, another snake has just slithered out of the pit that the Texas justice system has made of this case. It’s been revealed that the Willingham prosecutor, John Jackson, made a secret deal with jailhouse snitch, Johnny Webb, in return for his testimony that Willingham had confessed the crime to him in prison. And further, that Jackson then concealed this deal from the Texas Board of Paroles and Pardons which was considering a stay of execution for Willingham.
Reported here by the Innocence Project – New Evidence Suggests Cameron Todd Willingham Prosecutor Deceived Board of Pardons and Paroles About Informant Testimony in Opposition to Stay of Execution.