Texas likely executed an innocent man. That man, Cameron Todd Willingham, was represented at trial by David Martin, a man I now believe to be the most disloyal and generally shameful defense lawyer I’ve ever had the displeasure of hearing speak.
If you want to hear what he had to say about his former client on CNN, watch the video below. I wouldn’t recommend viewing it if you think you might have problems stomaching a faux cowboy in a deep state of denial proclaiming the guilt of a dead man whose life was once placed in his undeserving and likely incapable hands.
The video mostly speaks for itself, but you can read some great blog posts about it here, here, here, and here. Willingham’s appellate lawyer even wrote about it here (the link is to the blog, as the link to the post itself seems to be broken).
I don’t have much to contribute to the discussion aside from my disgust. When I complain about bad defense attorneys, I’m usually talking about lawyers who could never in their wildest dreams hope to hold a candle to David Martin’s lack of ethics. I don’t believe I’ve ever met a lawyer who’d trash a deceased client on national television. I hope I never meet one. How David Martin ever managed to get himself appointed to a death case is beyond me.