The Texas State Bar filed a formal accusation of misconduct against the prosecutor in the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in 2004 for the arson murder of his three young children.  The bar accuses the former prosecutor, John H. Jackson, now a judge, of obstruction of justice, making false statements and concealing evidence favorable to Willingham’s defense.

Jackson is alleged to have rewarded a jailhouse informant, Johnny Webb, for testifying that Willingham confessed to him while they both awaited trial in the county jail.  Webb told the jury that he did not receive any favorable treatment in return for his testimony.  Jackson has maintained for more than a decade that there was no deal between the prosecution and Webb, despite evidence that has been uncovered to the contrary.

Webb has since recanted his testimony.  He told the Marshall Project that the reason why he lied on the stand was because he faced a lengthy sentence for robbery due to his criminal record.

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