Death Row Article in New Yorker

This article by David Grann in the New Yorker on convicted murderer Cameron Todd Willingham (and his case), who was put to death in Texas, is remarkable and heartbreaking. It highlights the various problems surrounding the death penalty, and the legal system in general (unreliable witness testimony, dubious “scientific” evidence, lack of adequate counsel for indigent clients, the possibility of convicting an innocent man, etc.). But more than that, it is a sad story about a tragic event and the man who, though haunted by the event until his death, never strayed from his assertion that he was innocent. Turns out, he was probably telling the truth.


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