Fire News: Fire Science Used to Challenge Arson Convictions

03/21/2013
Authorities in Texas and in other states are beginning to re-examine cases in which defendants were sent to prison for setting fires based on expert testimony about burn patterns and charring that today is considered suspect, reports The Associated Press. Nine years after Texas executed Cameron Todd Willingham for killing his three children in a fire -- a conviction questioned by many legal advocates and fire experts --the state fire marshal and the nonprofit Innocence Project of Texas are working together to review the evidence in fire investigations and identify cases in which convictions might have been questionable. Representatives will meet next month to start reviewing the first s...

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