Judge says Tennessee must either give Paul House a new trial or free him


A federal judge today gave the state of Tennessee 180 days to either grant death row inmate Paul House a new trial or to free him. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the jury in House’s case may have acquitted him if it had access to new DNA evidence that suggests his innocence.

"Based upon the record as a whole, and in light of the Supreme Court's ruling, this court (concludes) that (House) is entitled to judgment as a matter of law on several of his claims," U.S. District Judge Harry S. Mattice Jr. wrote in an opinion released today. "(He) is entitled to a new trial on all the evidence."

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. (Associated Press, 12/20/07)

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