The event is open to the public. Here are the details:
“Bad Science: The Execution of Cameron Todd Willingham and the Case for Forensic Reform”
Craig Beyler, Fire Scientist hired by Texas Forensic Science Commission to review Willingham case
John Lentini, Owner, Scientific Fire Analysis, LLC and Author, Scientific Protocols for Fire Investigation
Juan Hinojosa, Texas State Senator
Stephen Saloom, National Policy Director, The Innocence Project
Radley Balko, Senior Editor, Reason Magazine
Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Georgetown University Law Center
McDonough Hall – Hart Auditorium
600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
A panel of experts in forensic science and criminal justice discuss the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed by the state of Texas in 2004. Willingham was convicted in 1992 of murdering his three young daughters in a house fire that the state determined was arson.
A report issued by Beyler in 2009 claimed that in convicting Willingham, the state used techniques and assumptions that were no longer recognized as scientifically valid and that the original finding of arson could not be sustained.
This event is sponsored by the Georgetown Law Innocence Project.
A Webcast will be available at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/webcast/.