Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bulletin: Kristine Bunch; Arson conviction vacated by Indiana Court of Appeals; Advances in fire science cited; May influence other appeals. WCB.

STORY: "Important Court of Appeals ruling yesterday may inform other arson appeals," by Nancy Petro published on the Wrongful Convictions Blog on March 22, 2012.

GIST: "The Indiana Court of Appeals vacation of the arson conviction of Kristine Bunch, who spent 16 years in prison after a mobile home fire killed her young son, will likely be raised in other arson convictions. More on this case here and here. The court cited advances in fire science that discredit forensic testimony used in this and many arson cases. Bunch is now presumed innocent. Prosecutors must decide if they will re-try her. The Indiana Attorney General’s office disagrees with the ruling and has 30 days to ask the Court of Appeals to rehear the case or appeal to the Indiana Supreme Court."

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