Isn’t It Ironic

October 14th, 2009at 07:59pm Posted by Eli

So, not only did Rick Perry try to cover up the fact that he very likely denied a stay of execution to an innocent man, but his general counsel at the time was later indicted for a very similar crime, albeit with the opposite outcome.

Willingham received the death penalty for the alleged arson deaths of his three daughters…. In a controversial 2007 case involving the burning of their home, Medina and his wife were indicted — and subsequently cleared — in connection with a fire experts ruled was arson. They were accused of tampering with the evidence.

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A Harris County grand jury indicted Medina and his wife in connection with the 2007 fire that destroyed their home in Spring, Texas. Then-Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal moved immediately to have the indictments against his fellow Republicans dismissed. At the time, Rosenthal himself was embroiled in a controversy that led to his resignation.

On February 17, 2004, An arson expert delivered a fax to Perry’s office questioning the evidence against Willingham just 88 minutes before he was executed. As general counsel, Medina would have been in a position to have received and reviewed the fax.

Needless to say, the Medinas ‘ arson experts got a lot more consideration than those of the guy whose life was actually on the line.  Has the Texas justice system evolved at all since the Wild West days?

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Republicans,Wankers


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