Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

October 12, 2009

(10-12-09) Perry’s office won’t release expert’s report

AUSTIN (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry’s office says its comments or analyses of an attorney’s attempt to stop an execution based on an arson expert’s opinion are not public records and is refusing to release the documents, a newspaper reported Sunday.

The Houston Chronicle reports it tried unsuccessfully to obtain the documents showing whether Perry reviewed or if his staff discussed a fax of an arson expert’s report that was sent to the governor just 88 minutes before Cameron Todd Willingham’s February 2004 execution.

The report said investigators had “made errors” and relied on discredited techniques. Willingham’s attorney also had argued in a letter to Perry before the execution that the condemned man did not set the fatal fire that killed his three small children in 1991.


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