Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Where there's smoke...

The ousted chairman of the Texas Forensic Science Commission, Sam Bassett, says that lawyers representing the blow-dried one, Gov. Rick Perry, twice tried to pressure him into dropping the panel's investigation of the Cameron Willingham case. Mr. Bassett was so concerned about the pressure being placed on him that he consulted with an aide to Texas State Senator John Whitmire (D-Houston).

Mr. Bassett says that when the governor's attorneys, David Cabrales and Mary Ann Wiley, met with him in February 2009 they told him the commission was wasting taxpayers' money examining old cases. He said he was told the commission should be more "forward thinking."

Sen. Whitmire has said he will push Williamson County D.A. John Bradley, the new commission chair, to continue the panel's investigation into the Willingham case.

It would appear that Gov. Perry is running scared. How would it look to the voters if it turned out Texas murdered an innocent man on his watch?

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