Monday, October 26, 2009
We Don't Need No Stinkin' Experts
"Just 88 minutes before the February 2004 execution of Cameron Todd Willingham [CTW], Gov. Rick Perry's office received by fax a crucial arson expert's opinion that later ignited a political firestorm over whether Texas, on Perry's watch, used botched forensic evidence to send a man to his death. ...At 6:20 pm [CTW] was executed after declaring: 'I am an innocent man, convicted of a crime I did not commit.' ... Yet Perry's office has taken the position that any documents showing his own review and staff discussion of the [CTW] case are not public--a claim the Chronicle disputes. ... By execution day, Perry was [CTW's] last chance. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals had rejected a reprieve, calling the arson expert's report 'no more than an opinion'," my emphasis, Lise Olsen at the Houston Chronicle, 11 October 2009, link: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/metro/6662113.html.
To develop contempt for judges, read 5th Circuit criminal decisions regularly. Do these black-robed incompetents deny the DA presented "expert" opinion at trial that arson ocurred? These clowns lack intellectual integrity. Read a case like Boss v. Quarterman, 552 F3d 425 (5th Cir., 2008) find its logic. I dare you. It's, "Them damn niggahs be locked up and we don't wanna hear from 'em".