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Michigan Man Officially Exonerated After Wrongful Arson Conviction

Victor Caminata, a Michigan man convicted of arson in 2009, was officially exonerated on Wednesday after serving more than four years in prison. Caminata was released in July, but the case wasn’t formally dismissed and Caminata cleared until Judge William

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Michigan Man Exonerated Due to Wrongful Arson Conviction

In another faulty fire science case, on July 2nd, Victor Caminata was released from prison after spending four years behind bars for a wrongful arson conviction. In 2009, Caminata was convicted of arson and sentenced to nine to 40 years

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Innocent Man Released From Prison After Spending 42 Years For Arson Conviction

Faulty fire science has contributed to another wrongful conviction. Louis Taylor, who spent 42 years in prison wrongfully convicted of setting a hotel fire in 1970 that killed 29 people in Tucson, Arizona, was released last Tuesday. New methods of

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Texas Man to Get Retrial Due to Faulty Fire Science

A Texas court reversed Ed Graf’s murder and arson convictions this week after experts determined that the science used to convict Graf was likely faulty. While the court declined to issue a finding of actual innocence, it did say, “False

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Indiana Woman Gets New Trial Due to Fire Science Failure

Kristine Bunch will get a new trial in the death of her three-year-old son after the Indiana Supreme Court refused to overturn a lower court decision. Bunch was convicted in 1996 after prosecutors argued that she used kerosene to start

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Innocence Project of Texas Investigating Arson Cases For Junk Science

At the request of the Texas Forensic Science Commission, Jeff Blackburn, chief counsel for the Innocence Project of Texas is examining over one thousand arson cases to weed out any that might be based on the same bad forensic science

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New Fire Science Exonerates Michigan Man

David Lee Gavitt, 54, walked out of prison last week after 26 years in prison. Gavitt was wrongly convicted of the arson murders of his wife and two daughters. Fire investigators suspected the fire was arson due to the burn

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Illinois Man Exonerated of 1984 Arson

 James Kluppelberg, 46, was released from prison Thursday after serving 24 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Kluppelberg was convicted in the 1984 arson deaths of six people after he was connected to the crime by

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LA Times wrote about NCIP client George Souliotes.

www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-arson-innocence-20120130,0,2843382.story

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