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West Texas DA seeks to halt review of old arson cases

By Chuck Lindell - American-Statesman Staff



The State Fire Marshal’s Office is testing old arson cases for bad science, earning national attention for confronting a dark legacy — fire investigators who helped send Texans to prison with scientifically invalid arson rulings. Three questionable convictions have been discovered so far.

But the effort has also drawn the ire of a West Texas prosecutor who, upset at the questions raised about a 1993 murder conviction, has moved to shut down the reviews.

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