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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Ind. Courts - "New science shows Southern Indiana woman didn't kill son, judges told"

Updating this ILB entry from this morning, Charles Wilson of the AP has good coverage this afternoon of the oral argument before the COA this morning.

[More] Here is a new, long story from WRTV 13. A quote:

Christine Bunch has been in prison for 15 years. This is the closest she's come to possibly getting a new trial.

She's the latest in a growing number of convicted arsonists going after what fire experts call "junk science." That refers to unproven methods used by fire investigators to determine arson until 2001, when Dan Churchward and a technical team found investigators were doing it wrong. * * *

It's up to the Court of Appeals to decide who to believe.

"She's innocent. Please give her a chance to prove that," Safer concluded.

A decision for Bunch could come within weeks. She is now serving a 60-year sentence, and is backed by the Northwestern University's Center on Wrongful Convictions.

13 investigates' series "Burning Injustice" focused on another Indiana man's arson case. The Appeals Court ordered a new trial, but the charges were dropped after the judge found evidentiary problems.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 13, 2011 04:09 PM
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