Saturday, September 5, 2009

A fire that still burns


David Grann's New Yorker article about Todd Willingham, who was executed in Texas for triple infanticide despite expert analysis that made him appear innocent, is remarkable, heartbreaking, and worth reading every single word of. I couldn't put it down until I finished it. Beautifully structured and written, with a memorable figure at its center and many illuminating passages on the criminal justice system, the death penalty, and the nuances of arson inspection. One of the magazine's finest articles this year.

2 comments:

Texas Moratorium Network said...

If you are shocked that Texas executed a person who was innocent of the crime for which he was executed, then join us in Austin at the Texas Capitol on October 24, 2009 for the 10th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty.

http://marchforabolition.org

At the 7th Annual March in 2006, the family of Todd Willingham attended and delivered a letter to Governor Perry that said in part:

“We are the family of Cameron Todd Willingham. Our names are Eugenia Willingham, Trina Willingham Quinton and Joshua Easley. Todd was an innocent person executed by Texas on February 17, 2004. We have come to Austin today from Ardmore, Oklahoma to stand outside the Texas Governor’s Mansion and attempt to deliver this letter to you in person, because we want to make sure that you know about Todd’s innocence and to urge you to stop executions in Texas and determine why innocent people are being executed in Texas.”

“Please ensure that no other family suffers the tragedy of seeing one of their loved ones wrongfully executed. Please enact a moratorium on executions and create a special blue ribbon commission to study the administration of the death penalty in Texas. A moratorium will ensure that no other innocent people are executed while the system is being studied and reforms implemented.”

Neal said...

If I lived in Austin, I'd be there.