Confessions to the Impossible Crime: Strategies for Litigating Arson Cases

Location: Augusta EF
Date: Fri, April 12
Time: 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Arson cases often involve rushes to judgment by the investigating authorities to find evidence of arson, with a specific target suspect in mind. This tunnel vision has resulted in many convictions based on bad science and false confessions. The use of law enforcement investigation techniques often leads to the development of motive and behavior evidence to support a conclusion of arson/incendiary fires. Using the backdrop of arson cases that involved false confessions to impossible crimes that have led to successful exonerations or are currently in process, this session provides strategies to undoing these convictions through litigation or clemency. There will be time for questions and brainstorming strategies to overcome the biases and challenges that litigators face in these cases. 

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