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Did Texas execute an innocent man?

In February 2004, Texas executed Cameron Todd Willingham for the murder of his three children by burning down the family home while the children were inside.  Years later, some continue to suspect Texas executed an innocent man.  As I noted on this blog in 2009 (here and here), the state relied on questionable forensic evidence to make its case.

This week, the Washington Post published an extensive story raising still more questions about Willingham’s conviction.  Taken together, this materials may not make a compelling case that Willingham was innocent, but it certainly does show there should have been reasonable doubt about his guilt.

Whether or not the death penalty is just, as an abstract matter, there are serious problems with the way it is administered in much of the country.

Jonathan H. Adler teaches courses in constitutional, administrative, and environmental law at the Case Western University School of Law, where he is the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation.

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