Friday, May 01, 2009

 

House's Federal Defender Asks Court to Stop Retrial

Yesterday Paul House's federal public defender, Stephen Kissinger, argued before a three judge panel of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati that the state of Tennessee has persisted in a pattern on delay in dealing with the Paul House case and should be barred from trying him again for the murder of Carolyn Muncey.

Kissinger informed the court that every additional piece of evidence tested for DNA in preparation for this new trial, at the taxpayer's expense, has not matched House and only bolstered his claims of innocence.

Judge Gilbert Merritt pushed the state as to whether or not it would ensure that this trial happen in June and could not get a straight answer. The Judge went on to state that there appeared to be "pure stubbornness and vindictiveness on the part of the state" in its unrelenting pursuit of House given that the U. S. Supreme Court ruled in 2006 that if the new evidence had been presented at the time of his trial, no reasonable juror would have convicted him.

The panel has taken the case under consideration and did not indicate when it would rule.

The House case is one more example of the state's inability to admit an error. Instead, untold resources are being wasted on this pursuit of House who already spent 22 years on Tennessee's death row and who currently is confined to a wheelchair with aggressive multiple sclerosis.

Read more here.
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