In the 12 years he has been on Pennsylvania’s death row, Daniel Dougherty has maintained that he did not set the fire that killed his two young sons in their Northeast Philadelphia home. The fight to prove his innocence is now in a Common Pleas courtroom, where his lawyers are trying to show that the lethal blaze was not arson but a tragic accident—and that Dougherty should be given a new trial.

Ballard Spahr partners David Fryman and Shannon Farmer lead the team representing Mr. Dougherty in this significant pro bono matter. Modern science has debunked what were once considered ironclad indicators of arson. Convictions based on those methods are being overturned nationwide.

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