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Pro Bono Client Deserves a New Trial, Prosecutors Say

Pro bono client Adam Gray, sentenced in 1996 to mandatory life without parole after being convicted of setting a fire that killed two people, deserves a new trial, according to prosecutors in State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’s Conviction Integrity Unit.  Court papers say that dramatic advancements in fire science have “partially invalidated” expert testimony that was crucial to Mr. Gray’s arson and double murder conviction.  The team representing Mr. Gray is led by Partner Terri L. Mascherin, who is quoted in a Chicago Tribune article about the case saying that the team is confident Mr. Gray would be acquitted at a retrial.  “We believe, based on what today’s science makes clear, that there is no evidence this fire was an arson.  We believe if this case is retried, the jury will find Adam Gray not guilty.”

Other members of the team include Partner Daniel T. Fenske and Associate Brij B. Patnaik

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PEOPLE: Terri L. Mascherin

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