A new Rasmussen poll (tip to Texas Politics), shows that 26% (of Americans) are not very or not at all concerned about the possibility of the wrong person being executed for a crime. It’s likely that number goes down when someone in that 26 percentile gets indicted for a crime the didn’t commit. But it’s also likely that that number is quite a bit higher here in Texas. While it may be higher in Texas, there’s probably still a large majority, even here in Texas, that would rather make sure when the state kills someone they’re actually killing the person that’ guilty of the crime they’ve been convicted for.
The poll states that 73% Worry Some May Be Executed For Crimes They Didn’t Commit. And as Texas Politics asks:
Do you think this poll has any relevance to the Texas gubernatorial campaign, where Gov. Rick Perry has been criticized for his handling of the execution of a convicted arsonist? What does the poll tell you?
Perry’s appointment of John Bradley and his stalling of the continuation of the Willinghman case, and Perry’s office playing games with the 2004 clemency report, both point to the answer to that question being yes. If Perry wasn’t worried about Texas being proven to be the first state to execute an innocent man, under his watch, it’s extremely likely that none of the shenanigans with the Texas Forensic Science Commission would have taken place.