D.C.-Area Readers: Come Hear Me Moderate a Panel on Forensic Reform

Monday, March 15th, 2010

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/.

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5 Responses to “D.C.-Area Readers: Come Hear Me Moderate a Panel on Forensic Reform”

  1. #1 |  SJE | 

    Radley: without prejudicing this particular panel, how often do you find that these are actually proper discussions and debates versus political posturing, with each side presenting their talking points?

  2. #2 |  Aresen | 


    My side brings incontrovertible facts, hard persuasive evidence and impeccable logic to the discussion.

    Your side brings wishful thinking, poor analogies and twisted prejudices.


  3. #3 |  Dan J. | 

    Any chance a similar event is planned in TX?

  4. #4 |  anarch | 

    Merely moderating?

    I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!

    Wish I could be there, though.

  5. #5 |  Mark F | 

    I can’t wait to hear Beyler’s responses explaining why he ignored many relevant pieces of testimony while also mischaracterizing other pieces. It’s also interesting he accepted as fact the words of the Defendant, a previously convicted felon, even though his own statement was internally inconsistent. Check out the response report from the current Corsicana Fire Chief at http://static.cnhi.zope.net/corsicanadailysun/images/City_of_Corsicana_response.pdf