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Texas Fire Marshal Offers Old Cases For New Review

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DALLAS, Texas (AP) – The Texas state fire marshal has volunteered to turn over more than a decade of his office’s casework to advocates so they can examine them for wrongful convictions.

Fire Marshal Chris Connealy has been working with the Innocence Project of Texas for more than a year to review old cases.

But now he’s sent 24 cases from 2002 to 2004 to the Innocence Project so the Lubbock-based group can vet his office’s work, with a pledge to turn over all of his more recent case files.

He says it’s an important step for the public “to have confidence in the criminal justice system.”

Several high-profile arson cases have come under scrutiny in Texas, including that of Cameron Todd Willingham, executed for the fire deaths of his three daughters.

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