Improving Arson Investigations

Discover Magazine recently published two articles about how recent scientific investigation has challenged the traditional principles and methodology of fire investigation. Spark of Truth: Can Science Bring Justice to Arson Trials? explains how these developments have occurred and Seven Myths About Arson debunks seven fire scene findings that have been used in numerous cases as evidence of arson.

In light of these articles being published and the recommendations of the Texas Forensic Science Commission discussed below, I have updated the Arson Resources page of the IDS forensics website with several new articles and resources. Take a look at the changes I have made!

On October 28, 2011, the Texas Forensic Science Commission recommended a review of arson convictions in the state to determine whether faulty science could have led to wrongful convictions. The State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Innocence Project of Texas will assist in the review.

Click here to read the Commission’s recommendations or visit the Innocence Project’s website for more information on the recommendations and the Cameron Todd Willingham case.

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