Friday, July 5, 2013

George Souliotes: California: Original conviction said to be "based on indisputably unreliable fire pattern analysis straight out of the "Todd Willingham playbook." The Arson Project.

STORY: "George Souliotes finds justice but must wait one more night before finding freedom," by Paul Bieber of "The Arson Project," published on July 3, 2013.

GIST:  "What is certain is that Souliotes’ original conviction was based on indisputably unreliable fire pattern analysis straight out of the Todd Willingham playbook.  In an exceptional example of how cognitive bias and poor forensic training can turn an amateurish fire investigation into a full fledged witch hunt, Modesto Fire Department investigators determined the fire to be arson based on “pour patterns”, deep charring and a fire which burned “abnormally hot”.  That the house fire burned beyond flashover for nearly 15 minutes was never acknowledged as a likely cause for any of the burn indicators the fire investigators attributed to an ignitable liquid."

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