Back in 2009, I wrote about the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, a Texas man who was murdered by the state after being convicted of setting a fire that killed his children. The problem was that it’s almost certain the fire wasn’t arson, thus no crime would have existed at all. Whoops.
Well, there’s an update to the case now, surprisingly. It seems that the prosecutor in the case is being charged by the Texas State Bar with misconduct in the Willingham case.
This case is getting worse and worse, and while I use it as a reason to end the death penalty (ie: killing an innocent person is just too high a price to pay when we have other alternatives), I would think that supporters of the death penalty would be all over this as well. Surely if you’re in favor of the state killing people, you should also want to be very sure those people are actually guilty.
As to what should happen with the prosecutor in this case, well…it sounds like he is directly responsible for killing someone. I believe Texas has something they love to do in cases like that.