December 2, 2011
Is It Right: The Innocent Being Wrongfully Accused, Convicted, and Sentenced to Death
The Todd Willingham execution brings about the arguments of the death penalty and how it should only be used after all their concrete evidence has legitimately proven someone guilty and is under extreme circumstances. Without these evidences, people can be wrongly convicted.
Todd Willingham, a husband and a father of three children all under the age of four, was convicted of and charged with the crime of murder of his 3 young children in the year of 1991. It was stated that Willingham committed a case of arson by burning down of his home where they lived in Corsicana, Texas. Willingham was taken to court and pleaded not guilty. After the court hearing, Willingham was pronounced as guilty after this mishappening. As many year passed by, he still believed in himself as not guilty and he would always say that he was not going to tell a lie and falsely confess to something he knew he did not do. Then in the year of 2004, Willingham was executed for allegedly setting the fire that killed his 3 young children and committing arson after thirteen years back. Willingham was given the death penalty due to evidence that was not well research. Back in the 1990’s the methods that arsonist used to get evidence was flawed. Willingham could have easily been not guilty, but due to faulty evidence he was executed.
People who have been charged with murder or capital murder could have falsely been convicted of a crime that they did not do. They could have easily been convicted due to evidence that were not concrete. In many cases, there has a change of mind about convicts due to there is now more high tech and up-to-date equipment to help gather evidence to make them concrete.
For instance, you can see in many journals, articles, and videos that dealt with the Todd Willingham case. When the crime first happened they...