Perry 'squashed' Texas execution probe, ex-official says
September 7th, 2011
07:32 PM ET
11 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of Cameron Todd Willingham, whose murder conviction rested largely on testimony that many arson experts now call outdated and incorrect.


Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry • Texas
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  1. Sorensen

    Classic "good old boy" behaviour. Stupid, incompetant, ridiculous and sooo old and irrelevant.

    September 7, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The tea baggers love him, but he has a lot of T baggage. (T for Texas.) The republican culture of corruption is alive and well with Perry.

    September 7, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  3. MAC

    I would be for getting rid of the death penalty if people who werer given life without parole were put in a prison hundreds of miles from anyone like Alaska, not allowed family visits since their victims family can never see them, and made to do hard labor not live in the hotel hilton. Alsothey sholud not get any better medical treatmnet than the people who guard them like in California.

    September 7, 2011 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  4. jacq

    This crook might have killed a innocent man

    September 7, 2011 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    Perry's eyes are as cold and dead looking as a shark – THE EYES ARE THE WINDOW TO THE SOUL.

    September 7, 2011 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  6. Intelligent Americans don't vote republican.

    Guilty of a cover up, huh? The GOP just never stop with the lies to the American people.

    September 7, 2011 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  7. Anthony... proud tax payer

    How many more skeletons will come out of this man's closet? Heck, when is this man gonna come out of his own closet?
    Kill an innocent man?
    Pay for play Texas?
    Lure (steal) jobs away from other states?
    Inflated employment numbers due to Gov jobs (and Obama's stimulus)?
    Al Gore's Democratic (male) Cheerleader?
    What else??

    Texan's help me out here, you guys have to deal with him. I know this guys got more to surface...

    September 7, 2011 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  8. Annoyed

    Umm... Is this article finished? I thought there would be more to it.

    September 7, 2011 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  9. Republicans elect and attract the not so smart

    Yep...I was shocked that the crowd at the Republican debate tonight, cheered like crazy that Ricky said he was proud to put over 200 people to death and never lost a moments sleep thinking "not even one of them was innocent"

    Ok...I'm pro death penalty but common, I don't think of it as a wonderful thing or cheer that someone dies for their crimes. Maybe now I need to change my view to be anti, because I refuse to agree with this "cow patty/cowboy"

    September 8, 2011 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  10. diridi

    this idiot is a nut bag of Ponzy Schemes.....all bogus....o.k, Oil guys got away with taxes, all Minimum wage jobs, no health insurance, money from Stimulus, 28 billion dollar deficit in Texas, he is going to mess social security, says Ponzy Scheme...what an idiot....

    September 8, 2011 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  11. Marie MD

    He let what seems to be an innocent man be killed. Backpedal all you want!

    September 8, 2011 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  12. The Greedy Old PIgs have declared class war on US!

    Perry looks more and more like GWB, who never met an execution he didn't like. Perry seems to have the same bloodthirsty, innocence-be-damned attitude.


    September 8, 2011 07:56 am at 7:56 am |