Can a Court of Inquiry Take On the Willingham Case?

Judge Charlie Baird will decide today whether to recuse himself from an investigation into the innocence of Cameron Todd Willingham, the Corsicana man executed in 2004 for the arson deaths of his three young daughters.

Navarro County District Attorney R. Lowell Thompson, whose office originally convicted Willingham, questioned the Travis County judge’s impartiality in a motion before the court last week. At today’s hearing, the Willingham family's lawyers — a high-powered team that includes former Texas Gov. and Attorney General Mark White and San Antonio criminal defense attorney Gerry Goldstein, who counts the late Hunter S. Thompson among his ...

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