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james doyle

How the ‘New Normal’ Convicts the Innocent

Too often, quality and safety are sacrificed to generate “production.” The justice system drifts inexorably up to, and then past, its safety margins— until its safety devices lose all meaning, and the system breaks down completely.

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Many Arson Convictions Being Challenged Over Outdated Science

Daniel Dougherty of Philadelphia was was convicted of setting a fire that killed his two sons , and was sentenced to death. Because the fire started nearly simultaneously in three places, John Quinn, an assistant fire marshal, concluded it was a case of arson, says But several leading arson experts now say there was no scientific evidence of arson that night.

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