Navarro County Courthouse (Photo by Daily Sun/Ron Farmer)

An Extremely Slow and Pitiful Kind of Justice


In 2004, Texas executed Cameron Todd Willingham, who was convicted and ultimately executed for what the State of Texas insists was the December 1991 arson-murder of his three young children. Willingham was almost certainly innocent, as WC has written before. Willingham was convicted based on junk arson science, the testimony of a jailhouse snitch, and the legal…

Guerny, Death Chamber, Oklahoma

Justice Breyer’s Dissent in Glossip v. Gross


The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a medically dubious three-drug lethal injection sentence. No surprise there; the conservative block of this court is enthusiastic, if not legally rigorous, in finding ways to approve the killing of convicted criminals. The majority went through absolute legal convolutions – a jurist version of “Twister” – to avoid admitting that…