Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Challenging ‘junk science’ in arson case

A Naperville man is asking a judge to overturn his murder conviction on the grounds that the prosecution’s case was built on junk science.

William Amor spent the last 21 years behind bars for the death of his mother-in-law in a 1995 condo fire that investigators ruled as arson. His exoneration bid hinges on convincing the judge that new scientific research debunks old beliefs about how fire behaves.

The Illinois Innocence Project, based at the University of Illinois Springfield, took on Amor’s case and is working to get his conviction overturned.

The story was reported by the Illinois Times on May 19, 2016.

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