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Texas / Execution / Perry / Hurst Interview #950985

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 21, 2009
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The issue of a possible cover-up of the role of Texas Governor Rick Perry in controlling the investigation into the execution of Cameron Todd Willingham outlined.

(Studio: Randi Kaye) A CNN interview with an arson expert about whether Willingham was guilty of arson murder presented; scenes shown from the home fire site. [Gerald HURST†- says there is no evidence of arson & he should not have been executed; speculates about the governor's handling of the commissioners.] A statement from the governor's office on the Hurst memo quoted. What Hurst expected when he sent his memo, how the governor stands behind his decision & how nine investigators have come forward discussed.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper, Jeffrey Toobin) How a governor has almost complete freedom in making decisions about executions, how Perry is in a hot re-election fight, the moral issue of taking someone's life when the evidence is now overwhelming & questions about junk science affecting legal decisions in capital cases in the past discussed.

Cooper, Anderson;
Kaye, Randi;
Jeffrey, Anderson Cooper,

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