Friday, October 9, 2009

Governor appoints new members to forensic science panel

The well-coiffed one, Texas Governor Rick Perry got around to appointing two new members to the Texas Forensic Science Commission, just a little over a week after causing the panel to scuttle a session that many believe would be critical of the arson investigation that resulted in the state-sponsored killing of Cameron Willingham. (See "Forensic panel cancels meeting after Gov. Perry dismisses three members.")

Joining Williamson County District Attorney John Bradley and Norma Farley, chief pathologist for Cameron and Hidalgo Counties are Fort Worth criminal defense attorney Lance Evans and Randall Evans, the head of the Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office.

When asked why Perry chose to replace four committee members, his spokesman replied that their terms were up and the governor wanted someone else on the committee.

No word on when the hearing on arson investigation, originally set for October 2, will be rescheduled.

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