Another Arson Conviction Based on Faulty Forensics Goes Up In Smoke

Andrew Babick, convicted and sentenced to life without parole for a 1995 arson and double murder based on unconfirmed accelerant detection canine alerts and suspicious burn patterns, was given a re-trial.

November 7, 2014 Battle Creek Enquirer article here.

Babick Opinion Granting Retrial – Judge James Kingsley provides a comprehensive review of the flawed and outdated forensic fire science conclusions used to obtain the original conviction.

6th Circuit Opinion – In September 2010 Babick’s appeal to the sixth circuit was denied by a 2 to 1 margin.  Judge Merritt’s decent (beginning on page 12) is a good read and provides a clear understanding of the outdated and unreliable fire science evidence.