AUSTIN – Members of the Texas Forensic Science Commission criticized their leader on Friday for calling Cameron Todd Willingham "a guilty monster" while they are still investigating the arson case that led to his execution.
Chairman John Bradley, appointed by Gov. Rick Perry last year, nevertheless defended his statement, saying it was his First Amendment right.
John Bradley should step down. He won't do so.
Rick Perry should replace John Bradley with a commissioner who will be more objective. He won't do that.
John Bradley and Rick Perry hope to keep the truth from coming out. They're too late. The cat is already out of the bag. They're now trying to convince you it wasn't a cat.
I don't dispute Bradley's First Amendment right to free speech. He is clueless to mention it, however, when the commission he chairs is charged with determining whether Cameron Todd Willingham ever received his right to a fair trial. John Bradley might want to keep in mind an even more fundamental right.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.