Tuesday, June 12, 2007
I’d like to first take the opportunity to introduce myself and tell you a little bit about who I am before I talk about the significance of June 12th. I was born in
I can’t begin to express to you what it means to me to be in this position as TCASK’s field organizer. There are so many causes and issues out there to advocate for and while in college I was engrossed in turning out young people to vote and encouraging our university’s administration to become more environmentally friendly. While those campaigns were incredibly rewarding, the opportunity to work on an issue that has plagued our country since our existence called out louder than any other. The level of passion I have viewed in my short time here amongst
June 12, 2007 marks the one year anniversary of the United States Supreme Court ruling that in the case of Paul House “no reasonable juror viewing the record as a whole would lack a reasonable doubt.” In other words, no juror in
Furthermore, while on death row Paul House was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, an extremely painful and debilitating disease. Paul House has spent almost the entirety of my life in prison. When I think back to all that I’ve experienced in the past 23 years and then envision Paul, an innocent man, confined to prison and kept away from his loving mother, it makes me want to cry. So, let’s continue to work hard by encouraging our legislatures and senators to sign on to the letter asking Governor Bredesen to free Paul House and send him home to his mother.
And don't give me the nonsense about the two women. A federal judge specifically found that they lacked credibility.
Welcome to the TCASK mission. Looks like the first two comments should break you in well ;-)
Hey if I wasn't so old and fat I'd be out there playing soccer with you! Love the game too.
Anyway glad you're onboard!
I'm not going to go over all the evidence for the nth time (check out the "Cases" section of our website), but I will point out that two witnesses (that the U.S. Supreme Court gives weight to) heard Muncey confess to the murder, Muncey asked another to provide an alibi for him the morning after the murder, and yet another witness proves that Muncey lied to police about whether or not he saw his wife that night, since this witness saw Little Hube hit her a few hours before she was killed. Not to mention Muncey's history of abuse of his wife.
I suppose that I can understand supporting the death penalty. And most people on death row are guilty. But if we're going to have a death penalty, we need to face the fact that even our criminal justice system makes mistakes, and Paul House's conviction is clearly one of them. The facts are there for anyone to see.
The website is aimed at being a local, community forum. I’d really appreciate it if you would link to me and help get my site off the ground. I’ll return the favor, of course.
And as for House, that five judges said that the evidence, as presented plus new evidence, don't add up to reasonable doubt, doesn't mean that he didn't do it. I've read each and every House federal appellate opinion, the oral arguments and the Supreme Court briefs. House did it. We'll see if he gets retried.
If you've actually read all the arguments, as well as actually examined the evidence, as you say you have, then I cannot imagine on what facts you abse your conclusion. There is no physical evidence linking House to the crime, no witness that actually links House to Muncey, and no motive or theory of the crime. That's exactly why the court ruling cncludes that no jury would convict him! And just remember, if he's so guilty, why is the state terrified to have a court look at all the evidence? Even after the Supreme Court ruling they are still fighting to suppress it. If the evidence is as overwhelming as you claim, why not just have it all examined and be done with it?
As for Muncey, I'm happy to consider him innocent until proven guilty, but I have to point out that there is more evidence linking him to the murder than Paul House, and House has sat on death row for 22 years while Muncey has walked free. Let's have some true justice and truth here and examine all the facts in a fair and open hearing!
And TJ, you misapprehend what the Supreme Court's judgment said. They are just saying that the state of play now--they are not looking to what the state could present in a new trial. If they get more experts to look at blood evidence etc. and they agree that it wasn't spilled, House's goose is cooked.
And the Supreme Court took all the evidence into account, including everything the state could do to prove that the blood didn't spill, and they ruled for House. Those are the facts.
The fact remains that Tennessee is free to retry this sex offender if need be.
People get away with murder. It is an unfortunate fact of life. I find it interesting to juxtapose your out-of-the-box pronouncement that Hubert Munsey killed his wife, but reject out of hand the possibility that House (for all of the bs stories that he concocted) actually did it.
I also find it interesting how much you trust the Supreme Court's resolution of the facts in this case; whereas resolution of facts by courts in other cases are treated with scorn.
TJ, your opinion of the death penalty clouds your judgment about guilt/innocence (are you going to be telling me that Mumia is innocent too). That's why debating you guys is at once easy, but ultimately frustrating. There is plenty of evidence implicating House, hence the ability of state, which no one questions, to retry this sex offender.
As for your last sentence, the state can attempt to try (or re-tru) anyone they want. The point is that the state has fought any retrial or full hearing of the evidence because it's clear that there is no way anyone (except maybe you, "anonymous") would convict House.
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