Thursday, February 28, 2008

 

Paul House Update


Earlier today, Judge Harry Mattice held a hearing on the case of Paul House. What made this hearing unique was that Paul House was asked to be present at the hearing himself. Judge Mattice wanted to view his condition and hear from Paul's physician at Riverbend. The reason being that Paul's attorneys are asking for his release pending the retrial. This would allow Paul to remain at home as the case makes it way back to the 6th circuit and presumably back to the state of Tennessee. The Knoxville News Sentinel covered the hearing and the article can be read HERE.

Highlights from the article include:

Today he (Judge Mattice) told Associate Deputy Attorney General Jennifer Smith it’s time to decide the issue.

“Let me say this, Miss Smith, do what you got to do but let’s do it quickly,” Mattice said. “I think it’s time to go ahead and decide, let’s retry Mr. House or do what we’re gonna do.”

He also questioned the state’s contention that House is a flight risk.

“The fact that Mr. House is ill does not eliminate the risk that we would lose this individual and be unable to retry him,” Smith said.

“How would that happen, by the way?” Mattice responded, looking at House sitting in his wheelchair.

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Comments :
I often wonder how the governor and prosecutors sleep at night. The very people we depend upon for justice seem to have justice on the back burner. As a citizen of this US and Tennessee and Davidson county, I depend on the DA, judges, governor, president, congress, et all to "do the right thing" and the success record on that is not as good as it needs to be.
Since I am a Christian, I'll continue to pray for Paul's speedy release and for our officials in which we give our trust.
 
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