Reminder: Reason Senior Editor Radley Balko To Moderate Forensics Panel Tonight


D.C.-area Reasonoids: Senior Editor Radley Balko will moderate a panel of forensic experts discussing the case of Cameron Todd Willingham tonight at Georgetown Law Center.

Non D.C.-area Reasonoids: The event will be webcast live here.


"Bad Science: The Execution of Cameron Todd Willingham and the Case for Forensic Reform"

Craig Beyler, Fire Scientist hired by Texas Forensic Science Commission to review Willingham case

John Lentini, Owner, Scientific Fire Analysis, LLC and Author, Scientific Protocols for Fire Investigation

Juan Hinojosa, Texas State Senator

Stephen Saloom, National Policy Director, The Innocence Project

Radley Balko, Senior Editor, Reason Magazine

Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 7:00 p.m.

Georgetown University Law Center
McDonough Hall—Hart Auditorium
600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

A panel of experts in forensic science and criminal justice discuss the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed by the state of Texas in 2004.  Willingham was convicted in 1992 of murdering his three young daughters in a house fire that the state determined was arson.

A report issued by Beyler in 2009 claimed that in convicting Willingham, the state used techniques and assumptions that were no longer recognized as scientifically valid and that the original finding of arson could not be sustained.

This event is sponsored by the Georgetown Law Innocence Project.