Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Thursday, October 15, 2009 8:14 pm

Yeah, let’s blame the victim

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who may well have negligently allowed the execution of an innocent man in Texas, has decided that the way to shift attention from his own behavior is to shout more allegations against the man he may have killed.

Gov. Rick Perry, seeking to defuse an election-season controversy over the 2004 execution of Cameron Todd Willingham, described Willingham on Wednesday as a “monster” and “bad man” whose conviction in the deaths of his three daughters was sustained “every step of the way” by the courts.

Perry also said the news media are being distracted by what he described as “sideshows” in the case, and he invited reporters to review evidence and court records, which he said unquestionably show Willingham was a “heinous individual who murdered his kids.”

Perry, facing a vigorous re-election challenge in the 2010 Texas governor’s race, has drawn national media scrutiny after shaking up the Texas Forensic Science Commission. Perry dismissed three members two days before the panel was to review an expert report challenging the arson investigation that led to Willingham’s execution.

Perry, a perennial candidate for the Douglas Feith Award, offered 1) no evidence that his claims about Willingham were true, and 2) no basis for thinking that Willingham was guilty of murder even if the claims about Willingham’s other behavior were true.


Perry, who dismissed a fire expert’s report demolishing the state’s arson case as “propaganda,” also needs to understand that when you make a claim based upon valid scientific research, it’s not “propaganda,” it’s the truth. Calling it “propaganda” doesn’t make it any less true.

Face it, Goodhair: You and those judges you tout may well have an innocent man’s blood on your hands. And sooner or later, despite all your screaming and all your obstruction of justice, we’re going to find out for sure whether you do. Your behavior in this case is not that of a man confident of the outcome.


  1. I don’t think the death penalty should be abolished, Scott. I elaborate on that in one of my earlier posts on this case, which you can read by following the “Previously” link in this post.

    Comment by Lex — Friday, October 16, 2009 6:09 am @ 6:09 am

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