So today is the day that Sen. John Whitmire gets to grill Williamson County DA John Bradley, the new Chair of the Texas Forensic Science Commission, about his plans for the Commission and the status of the Willingham case. I very much look forward to hearing what Bradley has to say even if I have little faith in his being a force for good. I hope he proves me wrong, but I’m not counting on it. Anyway, if you want to know more about the man, I recommend this Statesman profile and this Texas Trib story for more. The former is a bit too positive for my taste – could they not find anyone willing to talk smack about the guy? – but there you have it.
In the meantime, State Sen. Rodney Ellis and Innocence Project Co-Director Barry Scheck will hold a press conference after the Whitmire hearing to give their perspective on where we stand. Click on to read their press release.
UPDATE: Grits has more.
Press Conference Immediately Following Senate Hearing on Forensic Science Commission Will Address Outstanding Issues
Just after Tuesday’s hearing, Sen. Rodney Ellis and Innocence Project Co-Director Barry Scheck will outline next steps and unanswered questions in commission’s work and the Willingham inquiry
On Tuesday, November 11, immediately following the portion of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee hearing involving the Texas Forensic Science Commission, Innocence Project Co-Director Barry Scheck and State Senator Rodney Ellis will speak to reporters in 2E.9. Ellis and Scheck will respond to claims made by John Bradley, the newly appointed chair of the Forensic Science Commission. They will also outline critical next steps the commission needs to take and identify questions that have still not been addressed about the case of Cameron Todd Willingham and the commission’s broader work.
WHAT: Press Conference on the future of the Texas Forensic Science Commission and its pending investigation of the Cameron Todd Willingham case and other arson cases in Texas.
WHO: State Senator Rodney Ellis and Barry Scheck, Co-Director of Innocence Project will respond to claims from the newly appointed chair of the commission and outline steps the commission must take to ensure public confidence in the criminal justice system.
WHEN: Tuesday, November 10, 2009
The press conference will begin once the portion of the hearing on the Forensic Science Commission has concluded (expected appx. 10:30 a.m.)
WHERE: Capitol Building, Senate Press Room, 2E.9