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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Innocence Project looks into explosion that killed KC firefighters

From Mike McGraw:

The Kansas City-based Midwest Innocence Project announced Friday that it was launching an investigation into the case of five people convicted in the 1988 explosion that killed six Kansas City firefighters.

... (Executive director Jay Swearingen said recent articles in The Kansas City Star helped prompt the project to begin a review of records in an effort to determine whether the defendants were wrongly convicted and whether the project should petition for their release from prison.

While the firefighters’ investigation will be one of the project’s 300 cases, he said, “it is by far the largest and most prominent of those cases.”

Swearingen estimated that the investigation would cost more than $250,000 — money the project currently does not have. But he said it would try to raise those funds “because it would be an injustice for us not to look into this case.”

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