RANT: Yet another example of the irreversibility of the death penalty


A dad was executed for deaths of his 3 girls. Now a letter casts more doubt.
By Maurice Possley, The Marshall Project March 9

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CORSICANA, Tex. — More than a decade after Cameron Todd Willingham was executed for the arson murder of his three young daughters, new evidence has emerged that indicates that a key prosecution witness testified in return for a secret promise to have his own criminal sentence reduced.

In a previously undisclosed letter that the witness, Johnny E. Webb, wrote from prison in 1996, he urged the lead prosecutor in Willingham’s case to make good on what Webb described as an earlier promise to downgrade his conviction. Webb also hinted that he might make his complaint public.

Within days, the prosecutor, John H. Jackson, sought out the Navarro County judge who had handled Willingham’s case and came away with a court order that altered the record of Webb’s robbery conviction to make him immediately eligible for parole. Webb would later recant his testimony that Willingham confessed to setting his house on fire with the toddlers inside.

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As a pro-life pro-choice little L libertarian, here’s a great example of the Gooferment being immoral, ineffective, and inefficient!

Why bother with trials?

Just let the Gooferment kill whomever it wants.

Saved the taxpayers a lot of unnecessary expense.


How can anyone not be outraged.

Life without parole is the best that society can do. We are not all-knowing gods.

Bring back Devil’s Island, Alcatraz, and such.

At least then when the mistake is made, there is some possibility to make amends.


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One Response to RANT: Yet another example of the irreversibility of the death penalty

  1. “Life without parole is the best that society can do. ”

    But John, don’t you see? We need the death penalty in order to make room in prison for smoking ban violators! Keep your priorities straight!

    – MJM, in a cynical mood this late evening….

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