The Pennsylvania Superior Court has ordered a new trial for Daniel Dougherty, who was convicted more than a decade ago of setting the fire that killed his two young sons. The new trial—and a new hearing that would allow Mr. Dougherty to seek post-conviction relief—was granted because of questions about the validity of the arson science that served as the basis of the conviction.

In addition, Mr. Dougherty’s defense lawyer’s failure to challenge the state’s scientific conclusions so skewed the trial that "no reliable adjudication of guilt or innocence took place," the court wrote.

Mr. Dougherty is represented pro bono by a team of attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

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