The Texas commission examining the execution of Cameron Todd Willingham-chronicled in a recent New Yorker piece by David Grann-has indefinitely postponed a session in which it was to hear a report which casts doubt on Willingham's conviction. The postponement is a result of Gov. Rick Perry's replacement of every member of the commission he is allowed to appoint. "If you've got a whole new investigation going forward, it makes a lot more sense to put the new people in now and let them start the full process, rather than bring people in there for a short period of time and then replace them," said Perry. "I think it makes a whole lot more sense to make a change now than to make a change later." Good point. You want to make sure everything is reviewed as many times as it takes to get it right when it comes to an issue as serious as this one.
Monday, October 12th, 2009