John Maloney, from cop to inmate
It takes a book to detail the twists and turns that transformed the sad death of a suicidal alcoholic/drug addict into media-driven murder and arson case that turned the justice system on its head.  John Maloney, a veteran cop in Green Bay, Wisconsin, never thought he could become the target of the justice system in which he placed so much faith.  When his estranged, addicted wife, Sandy, was found dead in her fire-damaged home, John learned how swiftly he could be convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
Brazenly ambitious special prosecutor Joe Paulus could work a jury like a preacher at a tent revival.  John's defense attorney, Gerald Boyle, had his eye on the prize, a movie about the case in which he was the hero.  John's much-younger girlfriend, Tracy Hellenbrand, provided the titillation factor.  No one challenged the state's experts who said Sandy was "probably strangled" and that vodka was used to set the fire.  John's conviction was, as the prosecutor bragged, "a slam dunk."

But had any crimes actually been committed?  Over a dozen outside experts unequivocally say no. But, thanks to John's defense attorney, the jury never heard from outside experts.  And thanks to John's defense attorney, who drafted his appeal, these issues were never included.

In 2005, CBS 48 Hours broadcast "A Question of Murder," a one-hour documentary about the case.   At the conclusion of the broadcast, 48 Hours asked viewers to respond to a poll.

Does John Maloney deserve a new trial?

Not Sure:
NOTE: This is not a scientific poll. The results above are for information purposes only, and should not be confused with the results of the scientific polls conducted by CBS News.

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