Arson investigations can be very difficult and this is the reason scientists and organizations are looking at Texas arson cases currently and raising questions about their validity.
Investigating crimes is hard work. Interviewing witnesses, handling evidence, and processing crime scenes are all very complex. There may be no more difficult crime to investigate, however, than a potential arson.
According to this lengthy article from the Dallas Morning News, one scientist tasked with reviewing just two capital arson cases (those sentenced to be executed) found that in both cases there was little to no scientific evidence of an actual arson. The accused in one of those cases walked free. The other was executed in 2004.
As technology grows, more and more cases are looked at and reviewed for accuracy. The Innocence Project typically conjures images of DNA evidence and murder trials but they are also working together with scientists to examine arson practices.
Fires are so complex and the investigation of arsons so scientific that even a Cambridge educated chemist who currently works as the chief scientist for the “nations largest explosive manufacturer” states: “I find fires mind-boggling complex, and I understand fire dynamics pretty well.”
The problem, they say, is many arson investigators are using techniques and logic that has since been disproven or out of date. These investigators, the Dallas News reports, are often former police officers or firefighters with absolutely no science background.
Even if you aren’t accused of arson, one of the most serious property damage offenses under Texas law, this article can be of interest. It shows that as we become smarter and technology grows, we are able to see the difference between guilt and innocence more clearly.
As a criminal defense attorney, it is my job to review the case against you, ensuring that investigative procedure was followed correctly and that you are being treated fairly in the court system.
If you are facing any criminal charges in the great state of Texas, I want to help. Call me today to discuss the specifics of your case.