Over the weekend, the Houston Chronicle published an editorial calling for a review of the cases involving death row inmates who were evaluated for evidence of mental retardation by psychologist Dr. George Denkowski (“Fatal Errors,” May 7, 2011). Last month, the state Board of Examiners of Psychologists reprimanded Denkowski for his unproven and unscientific methods and […]
Last week, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists reprimanded psychologist George Denkowski for his unscientific testing methods in evaluating whether certain defendants in capital murder cases were intellectually disabled (and therefore ineligible for the death penalty). As an expert witness in dozens of cases, Dr. Denkowski reportedly artificially inflated intelligence scores and deviated […]
On October 14, 2010, State District Judge Charlie Baird convened a court of inquiry into whether Cameron Todd Willingham was wrongfully executed and whether or not state officials committed a crime in how they handled his case prior to the execution.
Houston Chronicle columnist Rick Casey offers his perspective on this Friday’s meeting of the Texas Forensic Science Commission (“Forensic revolt again is in order,” September 12, 2010), when the commission is expected to issue a final judgment as to whether Cameron Todd Willingham was convicted and executed on the basis of faulty forensic analysis. Here’s […]
Austin attorney Samuel Bassett, who served as chair of the Texas Forensic Science Commission until his abrupt dismissal last fall, has called on his former colleagues to go farther in their investigation into the case of Cameron Todd Willingham. The commission has acknowledged “flaws” in the arson evidence used to convict and execute Willingham, […]
An hour before he was sentenced to die yesterday, Hank Skinner received a stay of execution by the U.S. Supreme Court. The stay was a temporary halting of the execution to allow the High Court more time to consider Skinner’s appeal to release evidence from the 1993 murder scene of Twila Busby; DNA testing of […]
On Wednesday, March 24, 2010, three hours after Hank Skinner received a stay of execution by the United States Supreme Court, Larry King Live featured the Skinner trial on the nightly news program. Featured on the show was Brandi Grisham, reporter for the Texas Tribune, who interviewed Hank Skinner in January 2010; Jason Clark, a […]
After the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles denied Hank Skinner’s request for a reprieve, the death row inmate now has only two avenues in which to plead his case for additional DNA testing before tomorrow’s scheduled execution, the United States Supreme Court and Governor Rick Perry. A variety of news sources, local, statewide, and […]