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Judicial error; Criminal justice, Administration of; Gavitt, David; United States


David Moran, a clinical professor of law and the director of the Michigan Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School, discusses how the new fire science, and the hard work of a group of law students, led to the exoneration of David Gavitt on June 6, 2012. In 1985, Gavitt was severely burned and his wife and two young daughters were killed in a house fire in a small town in Michigan. One year later, Gavitt was sent to prison for life based entirely on the testimony of forensic "experts" who claimed the fire was clearly an arson.

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