Rick Perry Lawyer During Willingham Arson Case Was Indicted for Arson Fraud

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Breaking news from Glenn Smith at Dog Canyon:

Texas Supreme Court Justice David Medina, who was once indicted in arson, was Gov. Rick Perry’s general counsel when Perry denied a stay of execution to Cameron Todd Willingham. Willingham received the death penalty for the alleged arson deaths of his three daughters. Perry appointed Medina to the high court in November, 2004. In a controversial 2007 case involving the burning of their home, Medina and his wife were indicted — and subsequently cleared — in connection with a fire experts ruled was arson. They were accused of tampering with the evidence.

Source: Supreme Court Judge David Medina Once Indicted for Arson Was Perrys General Counsel When Willingham Execution Stay Denied

Texas Governor Rick Perry is trying to cover-up his office's responsibility and actions surrounding the Cameron Todd Willingham execution case. The Houston Chronicle recently reported (and we echoed on BOR) that Perry's office is refusing to release documents pertaining to exactly how and when their office discussed the information that the arson evidence was bogus. Now we may have learned why Perry's office doesn't want anyone to know who was involved:

If David Medina was the man in the room dismissing the arson evidence, and he was indicted for arson fraud himself, well…

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Phillip Martin

Currently the Research and Policy Director for Progress Texas and the Texas Research Institute, Phillip Martin writes occasional long-form pieces for BOR that promote focused analysis and insight into Texas politics. Born and raised in Austin, Phillip started working in politics in 2003 and started writing on BOR in the summer of 2005. Phillip has worked for the Texas Democratic Trust, the Texas Legislative Study Group, and now the Progress Texas family. He is a lifelong Houston Astros fan, a loyal Longhorn, and loves swimming at Barton Springs Pool.

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  1. Demographic changes cut both ways
    Unfortunately, most of the population growth in CD10 has been in the incredibly conservative Harris County end of the district. Back in 2004, the Travis part of CD10 outvoted the Harris part by a big margin. In 2006, it was close. By 2008, Harris outvoted Travis.

    On the plus side, much of that growth has been among minorities, especially Hispanics and South Asians. If the Democratic Party can get organized there, (and only if it can get organized there) then Jack has a good shot at unseating McCaul.

    There are a handful of really good precinct chairs in the area, but most of NW Harris County has very little Democratic presence. We, and the TDP, need to do all we can to help change that.  

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