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What We Have Learned From the Cameron Todd Willingham Case 

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Cameron Todd Willingham was executed in 2004 for setting his home on fire, resulting in the deaths of his three young children. The case gained renewed attention in 2009 as a result of investigative reporter David Grann's article in The New Yorker, which described contradictions and controversies surrounding the case. The panel discussed not only the facts of the case but also the lessons learned from it. 

Moderator: Mary Lou Leary, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice


  • David Grann, Staff Writer, The New Yorker
  • John Lentini, President and Principal Investigator, Scientific Fire Analysis LLC
  • Itiel Dror, Cognitive Neuroscientist, University College London
  • Michael Logan Ware, Chief, Special Fields Bureau, Dallas County District Attorney's Office

Date Created: March 26, 2014