"How does the governor think Willingham killed his kids if not by arson?," and "Why is the prosecutor who took Willingham's life smiling?"
The question for the governor referenced this story where Perry actually put air quotes around "latter-day supposed experts" when describing to reporters why he still thought Todd Willingham was really guilty, something he said he believed even if the conclusion of arson was wrong. Scott Cobb noted in the comments that:
And there's an increasingly long and distinguished list of others who reached the same conclusions, including before Todd Willingham was executed, which oh by the way happened on Rick Pery's watch. If the governor continues this attitude of stubborn defiance, it may be a big enough deal to make "innocence" a gubernatorial campaign issue in 2010.
The author of the report to the Texas Forensic Science Commission was Dr Craig Beyler. He is chairman of the International Association for Fire Safety Science.
Dr. Beyler holds a B.S. degree in fire protection engineering from the University of Maryland, a B.S. in civil engineering from Cornell, an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Cornell, an M.Sc. in fire safety engineering from the University of Edinburgh, and a Ph.D. in engineering science from Harvard.
I particularly love the use of "latter-day"! It's one thing for GOP candidates in competitive primaries to disavow belief in evolution, but I've never heard that extended to arson science. I wonder if he subscribes to 18th Century medical practices as well? Sing along, everybody: Give me that old time science, it's good enough for me!
Head over to Michael's shop for the low-down on the smiling prosecutor.