Lack of oversight, shortage of pathologists contributed to `miscarriages of justice'
Tonya Lucas: Maryland: Bulletin: Arson (science?); Jury deliberating in retrial of mother accused of killing 6 children in fire in 1992, the Baltimore Sun reports......... "Lucas' attorney, Michele Nethercott, also attacked prosecutors for attempting to play to the sympathy of jurors. Several times during closing arguments, the jury was shown photos of Gregory’s body. Some flinched, while others looked away until the picture was removed from a stand in front of the jury box. Lucas has maintained her innocence, saying she was framed. The University of Baltimore's Innocence Project took up the case in 2015, questioning the credibility of the fire investigation. Since Lucas’ original case, questions in fire science have raised doubt in numerous cases and led to dozens of arson exonerations across the country. The defense has argued that the original investigators did not consider all possible accidental causes." Reporter Jessica Anderson; July 24, 2017.
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