The true story behind Evans v. Michigan is that a man who was probably innocent, and who would almost certainly have been acquitted by the jury, had his trial shortened after it became obvious to the judge that the police had picked up a man who had nothing to do with the fire. In other words, the facts set forth by the Michigan Supreme Court, and repeated by Alito, were grossly misleading. And because I, like Alito, believed the Michigan Supreme Court’s version of the facts, I made a silly mistake when I agreed to take the case. That silly mistake cost me thousands of dollars out of my own pocket but taught me a valuable lesson I will never forget.
Moran, David A. "The Pastor, The Burning House, and The Double Jeopardy Clause: The True Story Behind Evans v. Michigan." Mich. L. Rev. First Impressions 112 (2013): 16-21.