Cameron Todd Willingham prosecutor John Jackson charges: Corrupt prosecution in Texas execution.
John Lentini, one of at least nine arson experts to find the forensic case against Willingham to be bunk, has described Anderson’s punishment as receiving a slap on the wrist and being told “bad, don’t do that.”
Based on how this case has been treated so far, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Jackson receive an even lighter slap for having helped deprive an almost certainly innocent man of his life. [emphasis added]
Fire forensics in the 20th Century was theory-based, while fire forensics in the 21st Century is science-based: John Lentini and others conduct tests that can be duplicated.
The scientific discoveries about accelerants alone should be freeing those falsely convicted of arson left and right, including those that were coerced into falsely confessing, like Mike Ledford. The only reason they’re not is because of ridiculously misleading articles like Slate‘s: Cameron Todd Willingham was FACTUALLY INNOCENT, not “almost certainly innocent.”
Former Florida legislator/Governor/U.S. Senator Bob Graham – of the Slate Graham family – knows the difference between theory-based forensics expertise and science-based forensics expertise. As Florida’s governor, Graham ordered the investigation of oft-disgraced dog handler John Preston, which resulted in the absurd outcome of finding Preston credible, despite a federal court finding Preston a liar and a charlatan years earlier.
Scores of Florida convictions remain intact based upon Preston’s perjuries, including Gary Bennett’s.
As a Florida U.S. Senator, Bob Graham served for ten years on the Senate Intelligence Oversight Committee. He knew it was the responsibility of the FBI to investigate public corruption that affected trial outcomes, but apparently gave the FBI a pass on dog handler corruption, because investigating Preston’s perjuries would have implicated FBI personnel, just as investigating charlatan dog handler Keith Pikett would have. These are not the only DNA-discredited dog handlers the FBI was involved with, only the most prolific, from what I’ve discovered to date – they participated in about 3,500 criminal investigations, between the two of them.
Gary Bennett would be acquitted at retrial, just like Juan Ramos was in 1987. You don’t need DNA to defeat the final frame-up in a series of scores using John Preston in the same corrupt Florida county. Judge W. David Dugan was determined not to give Wilton Dedge, William Dillon or Gary Bennett justice; he didn’t succeed in keeping Wilton or William’s frame-ups intact, he won’t succeed in keeping Gary’s frame-up intact.
The Graham family has coasted on their Washington Post Watergate scoop for decades and remains connected to the WaPo empire through an affiliation with Amazon.com, which made WaPo owner Jeff Bezos rich via workforce exploitation that included reckless endangerment, as well as slight-of-hand sales tax loopholes that gave his company a ridiculous advantage over brick and mortar businesses selling the same products.
Maximizing the profits of Prison Industrial Complex investors – like the Gates Foundation – requires the CEO’s of GEO, CCA, Corizon, Wexford, Aramark, etc., to lobby for prosecution of and harsh sentences for white collar criminals, not the mentally ill and the economically disadvantaged. Neither group has anything to spend in prison, and the mentally ill cannot participate in rent-a-prisoner scams, and must be expensively secluded for their own and others safety.
The “reasonable man” and the “reasonable woman ” would pursue the revenues of prosecuting and harshly sentencing white collar criminals, completely setting aside pursuit of all other “inventory,” which is what the Prison Industrial Complex considers inmates to be.
High dollar investors in the Prison Industrial Complex should be clamoring for wealthier, healthier “inventory,” knowing that until they do, the corporate veils of the privatizers they’re investing in are easy pickings … a group of actual journalists (who never use the clout of their closing paragraph to deceive the public) could buy shares of stock and raise holy hell, with emphasis on the holy.
The whole fray would give nightmares to unholy journalists that do use the clout of their closing paragraphs to deceive the public … they’re the ones that keep convincing people that their media mogul bosses are above the law, along with politicians, bankers, public attorneys, traders, privatizers, etc.
It’s time for their backs to be against the wall.