Friday, August 17, 2012

David Gavitt: Michigan; The human cost of a wrongful conviction caused by old arson "science."

STORY: "Freed father: 'How can this happen? David Gavitt's arson murder conviction dismissed," by reporter Leon Hendrix, published on July 30, 2012, by WoodTV.

GIST: "After evidence from his case was reviewed by a new set of experts at the prompting of the University of Michigan Innocence Clinic, they came to a different conclusion from those who had studied the case in the 1980s. The fire that claimed the lives of Gavitt's family may not have been arson. It could have been an accident. With that new information in hand, prosecutors decided that there was not enough evidence to successfully re-charge Gavitt with the murders. His conviction was overturned and a judge ordered Gavitt released from prison. Moments after walking out of the prison doors, Gavitt headed to the cemetery to visit his family's graves for the first time."

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