Texas Governor Rick Perry Is Trying to Cover Up the Execution of an Innocent Man

Human Rights

The exercise of raw power is truly stunning to behold.

Gov. Rick Perry has replaced three members of the Forensic Science Commission, which is investigating whether Texas -- under Perry's administration -- executed an innocent man in 2004.

The Statesman and the AP are reporting that one of three deposed commissioners is chairman Sam Bassett, an Austin defense attorney.

Perry has installed as chairman John Bradley, the district attorney of Williamson County and one of the state's most notorious tough-on-crime advocates.

Bradley's first act? He canceled Friday's schedule meeting at which the commission was supposed to discuss the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, an apparently innocent man executed in 2004. Willingham was convicted of killing his three kids by starting a 1991 house fire. His case was recently featured in the New Yorker.

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