The Temple Daily Telegraph is reporting that the Speaker of the Texas House, Joe Straus "commented on the recent news coverage about the 2004 execution of Cameron Todd Willingham of Corsicana and fire investigation, criticized as flawed, that played a role in him receiving the death penalty. Willingham was convicted for the December 1991 deaths of his three children, who died in a fire that investigators said he started."
Straus said he was aware of the recent (New Yorker) article, but had no plans as speaker of the house to revisit the death penalty.
“We’re in a period where I have asked members of the House to submit items for interim studies, so I’m always open-minded to whatever the members seem to want to look at,” he said. “I want the state to be responsible for whatever laws we have on the books, to make sure they are enforced fairly . . . and the death penalty is the most severe case.”