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Texas attorney general's ruling ends commission's inquiry into disputed death penalty case
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) ' The Texas attorney general has severely limited the state's Forensic Science Commission to investigate past cases, including a disputed death penalty case.
In an opinion released Friday, Attorney General Greg Abbott ruled that evidence used before the creation of the commission is not subject to investigation.
The ruling ends the commission's investigation into the evidence used in the trial of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in 2004. Arson experts have since determined the evidence used in that case was faulty.
Lawmakers created the commission in 2005 to ensure that scientifically-sound forensic methods were used in Texas.
But before the commission could rule in the Willingham case, its chairman asked for an attorney general's ruling.