News ledes we’d like to see

Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced today his candidacy for President. Cameron Todd Willingham, the innocent man whose death warrant Perry signed, was not available for comment.”

“Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced today his candidacy for President. Cameron Todd Willingham, the innocent man whose death warrant Perry signed, was not available for comment.”

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

10 thoughts on “News ledes we’d like to see”

  1. Well, you could always gather together enough people to googlebomb it, for starters.

    Maybe start by getting Cory Doctorow and a few others to spread the word ….

  2. The American electorate has never had a problem with a president who has blood on his hands, Republican or Democrat. Ideally, the blood of foreigners or presumed criminals, but that’s not a strict requirement. It’s more important to appear strong than to be right. Admitting errors is unpresidential, too, and will lead to accusations of flip-flopping.

  3. Katja,
    You’re right about admitting errors. But there is a subtle difference between admitting errors and admitting sins in American politics. The latter is just fine, especially in Scots-Irish political culture.

  4. I live in a liberal town, and the saying is that a Republican hear would be a Democrat anywhere else. Applying this statement to Texan Republicans…………………

  5. JM, if you can’t tell the difference between warfare and judicial murder, please have your moral vision examined by a competent professional.

  6. Mark, Rick Perry didn’t do anything that is outside the noble tradition of the United States of America when it comes to its always responsible handling of the death penalty issue. After all, this is a country where even the courts are heavily divided on whether actual innocence is an obstacle to a properly ordered execution, reflecting popular sentiments that justice better be swift than certain.

  7. Huh? I read the link. I’m genuinely puzzled as to what the supposed evidence pointing to this man’s innocence is. As far as I can tell, it is that they got some old guy to write a report that said the fire bore some similarities to another case many years ago. Saying that there is some consistencies between this fire and another accidentally started one doesn’t seem all that compelling. Sure, in any case a magazine article can be written which would cast doubt on the verdict, but to raise one to the level of cause celebre I think they ought to have a case where the evidence unmistakably points to some other cause, not just a bunch of hand-waving about other possibilities.

    I’m actually curious. Could someone tell me what’s so convincing?

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