Innocence Advocates Worry About Pending Arson Review

When the Forensic Science Commission reconvenes next month to continue its discussion of arson science used to convict and execute Cameron Todd Willingham, it is expected to finalize a long-sought agreement with the state fire marshal to launch a comprehensive review of other cases that used similarly problematic arson evidence.

There’s one big problem with that plan, says Stephen Saloom, policy director at the New York-based Innocence ProjectState Fire Marshal Paul Maldonado doesn’t believe the evidence in the Willingham case was faulty.

Since 2008, the commission has been embroiled in a controversial investigation of the arson science used ...

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