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Friday, January 29, 2010

Texas AG to John Bradley: Stop Violating Texas Open Meetings Act at Forensic Science Commission Meeting

John Bradley, Rick Perry's hand-picked puppet/chair of the Texas Forensic Science Commission, today tried to continue his cover up of the investigation into whether Texas used faulty forensic science to convict and execute Todd Willingham. He violated the Texas Open Meetings Act by telling a film crew they could not attend and film the meeting of the Texas Forensic Science Commission. Bradley does not understand his responsibilities enough under Texas law to act as chair of the Texas Forensic Science Commission. A county attorney should know about the Texas Open Meetings Act. He probably did know about it, but chose to violate it until the Texas Attorney General advised him to stop violating it.

UPDATE: After the attorney general's office talked with Bradley about excluding the film crew from the state agency meeting, Bradley allowed them in. Nelson says it took a couple of hours, but it appears the AG's intervention resolved the impasse.
From the Dallas Morning News' Trailblazer blog comes a report from today's meeting of the Texas Forensic Science Commission that Chair John Bradley refused to allow a documentary filmmaker from bringing a camera into the meeting at the Hotel conference room where the meeting is being held.
When the state science panel charged with examining whether the state executed an innocent man met this morning, not everybody was welcome. Chairman John Bradley barred a film crew that is producing a documentary about the death penalty in Texas. The film is being spearheaded by Austinite Reid Nelson, an international consultant who isn't active as an advocate on either side of the issue. Nelson hopes to showcase his film at Sundance and festivals around the country.
The live feed of the meeting is at http://www.innocenceproject.org/tfsc.php.

One of the photos of Todd Willingham we created for the 10th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty is frequently visible in the feed on a chair in front of Gloria Rubac, who drove to Harlingen from Houston for the meeting.

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