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Texas / Execution / A Juror / A Discussion #950371

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Oct 15, 2009
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The execution in 2004 of Cameron Todd Willingham for setting an arson fire that killed his daughters reviewed.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper, Randi Kaye) The view of juror Dorenda Brokofsky†† about the Willingham trial,how she knew the prosecutor, how she has been upset, the story Willingham confessed to his wife that he set the fire, Governor Rick Perry's defense of his decision to change the investigating commission reviewed & discussed; 1991 footage of the burned house shown. [PERRY - accuses the fire expert {Craig Beyler} of propaganda.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with Willingham defense attorney David Martin & "Chicago Tribune" reporter Steve Mills about the Willingham case. [MARTIN - comments on {& reads excerpts from} Beyler's report; recalls what the defense did; explains the role of the defense attorney in testing the state's evidence; asserts there was no doubt the client was guilty & he told four different stories.] [MILLS - says the key issue is the forensic evidence showing the original arson ruling was not based on science; states fire scientists have questioned the arson ruling.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Randi, Anderson Cooper,

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