Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Higashi-Sumiyoshi Case (Part 1): Japan. "A dubious arson case." Wrongful Convictions Blog." Confession out of sync with experiment.

STORY: "A dubious arson case - Higashi-Sumiyoshi case, (Part 1 of 2)," by Kana Kasakura, published on the wrongful convictions blog on April 24, 2012.

GIST: "The excellent documentary film “Incendiary” (read more about the film (on the Cameron Todd Willingham case) here) reminded me of an arson case in Japan, the so-called Higashi-Sumiyoshi Case. Its retrial petition is currently being reviewed by Osaka High Court.........There was actually an experiment by the prosecution before indictment, reenacting the fire according to Boku’s confession. They reproduced the crime scene (they built the house with the garage), prepared a vehicle, spread 6 liters of gasoline on the ground of the garage and set the whole thing on fire with a lighter. The result of the experiment was presented as evidence at trial. It was clear that the result of the experiment was inconsistent with Boku’s confession and other witnesses’ statements in many ways."




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