January 21st, 2012

Gakupo and Kaito

Sequelae from smoke inahalation

Setting: Fantasy world based on Victorian England. There are healers, but there's a limit  on what they can do.
keywords: smoke inahalation sequelae, sequelae smoke, fire sequelae
I would like to know some permanent sequelae from smoke inahalation and third degree burnings. Character was in a fire when he was a child.
I asked Mr. Google, but Mr. Google only gave me answers about smoking, sequelae on animals and some scientific articles that weren't public.

Procedure when falsely convicted serial killer may be exonerated

Setting: Modern Day
Place: Chicago, Illinois

Innocent Serial Killer A is falsely convicted. Innocent Serial Killer A escapes from prison and tries to clear name.

Guilty Serial Killer B comes forward and admits to being the real killer. Has murder weapon (with blood from last victim) and photographic proof of being present at the crime scene (Guilty Serial Killer B isn't IN the photographs, they just have possession of ones taken at the scene).

Guilty Serial Killer B is kidnapped during transport and killed in suspicious circumstances (shot and dumped by the road) before they can give a statement or be fully interviewed.

Where does this leave Innocent Serial Killer A if he turns himself in? What sort of grounds would he have for being found innocent? Without the testimony of Guilty Serial Killer B would Innocent Serial Killer A still be guilty as far as the law is concerned, or would there be enough doubt caused by Guilty Serial Killer B to get those charges dropped? What sort of appeal process is there in this odd circumstance? Could the trial be re-opened?

(Consider that it's entirely possible the police might suspect Guilty Serial Killer B was simply acting on instructions from Innocent Serial Killer A, who could easily have given Guilty Serial Killer B the evidence and photographs. From the police's point of view that's a valid theory -- they have no evidence to prove Guilty Serial Killer B was who he claimed to be).

Bit of a complicated scenario, so I appreciate any wisened musings you experts might have! I honestly have no clue what to search for first.