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What about the bead of copper on the wire, indicating a short circuit that Schraml missed? And what about O'Connor's forensic findings?
"Someone could say the sun might not come up tomorrow, and who could refute that?" Catron says.
Deputy Chief Jim Wilson with the state fire marshal's office tells the Pitch that missing a short circuit is "not uncommon."
Even Schraml admitted that the cause of the fire might have been a short-circuit. In O'Connor's deposition of Schraml, taken in December 2004, the officer admitted that the clock cord was a plausible ignition source for the fire. But Schraml told O'Connor that he didn't get to use a microscope to examine the wire. O'Connor says the bead of metal was visible to the naked eye.
O'Connor calls Schraml "incompetent to the point of being dangerous." Schraml did not return calls from the Pitch.
Cover, the lawyer found ineffective by Judge Cook, tells the Pitch, "All I can say is, I'm confident that I did a good job in representing Ms. Hall, and my representation was very professional."
Hall is home now, but the family has installed a security camera that feeds a picture of the front doorstep to a monitor in Hall's room.
"I'm constantly worried, even now that it's over, that they're going to come back with something else," she says.
Hall, now 24, lives at home and works for Farmer's Insurance. She is struggling to get licensed, she says, because of her erroneous conviction. She lives at home to help her parents pay her legal bills. The family has hired a new lawyer, Geordie McGonagle, to investigate possible civil suits.
"People still don't believe you totally, even if you've been exonerated," Hall says.