IG Probing Justice Investigation Into Fatal Arson

The Inspector General is investigating allegations that federal authorities pressured witnesses to lie to the grand jury in a fatal arson.

Mike McGraw
The Kansas City Star
KANSAS CITY — The office of inspector general is investigating the Justice Department’s actions during its probe into the 1988 explosion deaths of six Kansas City firefighters.
U.S. Attorney John F. Wood requested the inquiry in July following stories in The Kansas City Star, which revealed that as many as 15 witnesses said a federal investigator pressured them to lie to a grand jury or later at the trial of five defendants charged in the arson case.
All five, who are serving life sentences, have long maintained their innocence.

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