Monthly Archives: August 2014

Ohio Anesthesiologist testifies: “This was not a humane execution.”

Despite arguments that Dennis McGuire would experience agony and suffering due to the lethal injection protocol, the state of Ohio executed him on January 16, 2014. The execution took an abnormally long time and involved McGuire gasping throughout the process. An expert doctor is now testifying that Mr. McGuire did in fact suffer from the lethal injection process.

See the website of Ohioans to Stop Executions for a summary and links to more information.

Innocence Project Seeks Ethics Probe of Prosecutor in Willingham Case

The Innocence Project has asked the State Bar of Texas to investigate the prosecutor in the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in 2004 for the deaths of his three children in a 1991 fire.

Jailhouse informant Johnny Webb had testified that Willingham told him he deliberately set the fatal fire, but Webb has varied since then on whether the testimony was true. Now Webb says he lied in exchange for efforts by the prosecutor to reduce Webb’s prison sentence . . . Read this and related articles: The ABA Journal

Thanks to the StandDown Texas Project for alerting us to this development.

Federal Review Stalled After Finding Forensic Errors by FBI Lab Unit Spanned Two Decades

By Spencer S. Hsu

Nearly every criminal case reviewed by the FBI and the Justice Department as part of a massive investigation started in 2012 of problems at the FBI lab has included flawed forensic testimony from the agency, government officials said.

The findings troubled the bureau, and it stopped the review of convictions last August. Case reviews resumed this month at the order of the Justice Department, the officials said. Click here to read the rest of the article, which includes links to related articles, in the Washington Post.