Perry 'squashed' Texas execution probe, ex-official says
September 7th, 2011
07:32 PM ET
3 years ago

Perry 'squashed' Texas execution probe, ex-official says

Austin, Texas (CNN) - In February 2009, Sam Bassett got called to Gov. Rick Perry's office.

Bassett was then chairman of the Texas Forensic Science Commission, an agency set up in 2005 to regulate state crime labs after a series of embarrassing scandals. The first matter on its plate involved the 2004 execution of Cameron Todd Willingham, whose murder conviction rested largely on testimony that many arson experts now call outdated and incorrect.

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