Hank Gilbert, Democratic candidate for Texas governor, posted the following statement on his website concerning Governor Rick Perry’s removal of three members of the Texas Forensic Science Commission, which is looking into the Todd Willingham case:

“Governor Perry’s decision to remove and replace three very competent members of the Texas Forensic Science Commission with three partisan ideologues should surprise absolutely no one.

This was a political decision by a Governor who wanted avoid criticism of the horrendous record Texas has regarding the execution of the innocent. The Governor’s decision should make it crystal clear to every Texan that justice in this state is controlled by the whims of an out-of-control Governor desperate to retain his grip on power.

Governor Perry’s actions were wholly unacceptable. Texas deserves better.”

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