Willingham's Family Seeks "Posthumous Pardon"

The surviving relatives of Cameron Todd Willingham gathered at the Capitol on Wednesday after sending an application to clear his name, eight years after his execution for a 1991 fire that killed his three young children.

Along with attorneys from the Innocence Project, the Texas Defender Service and several law firms, they are asking the Board of Pardons and Paroles to issue a “posthumous pardon,” clearing Willingham’s name and say that his conviction was based on flawed investigative methods. If granted, it would be the first time an official agency in Texas recognized that an innocent person had been ...

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