As you watch this, remember that this is Cameron Todd Willingham's defense attorney. The interview is incredible. It's like watching a root-docter, who's just performed a heart transplant, try to explain why the patient is dead. I deeply suspect that this is all unexceptional. There is no fool-proof anything in this world--least of all a death penalty. The New Yorker piece on Willingham is here.

You see this sort of thing, and you start to believe that in some parts of this country, there really isn't a such thing as conservatism anymore--there's just a white populism, a deep-seated belief that someone like Sarah Palin should have the launch codes, that people like this should have hand in matters of life and death. It's incredible.

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