Garr Keith Hardin and Jeffrey Clark Are Released!
08.15.16 By Carlita Salazar
The Innocence Project, the Kentucky Innocence Project and the families of Garr Keith Hardin and Jeffrey Clark were notified by the Meade County Court that both men are being released on bail today.
On August 4, attorneys from the Innocence Project and the Kentucky Innocence Project appeared in court in Meade County, Kentucky, to request release on bail for their respective clients, Hardin and Clark, whose 1995 murder convictions were overturned last month. But, the judge delayed their release until he could issue a written order, which, much to the relief of Hardin and Clark and their families, happened today.
“We are thrilled that Keith and Jeff are home with their families,” said Innocence Project Staff Attorney Seema Saifee, who is representing Hardin. “The state has said that it plans to appeal the order vacating their convictions. Judge Butler has made clear in his powerful order that the men are entitled to a new trial because their convictions were based on false, scientifically invalid and materially misleading evidence. We are confident we will prevail on appeal.”
Hardin is already home with his family. Clark should be home later this afternoon.
Related: Kentucky Court Vacates Murder Convictions of Two Men Based on New DNA and Evidence of Police Fabrication and Misconduct
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Charlie February 5, 2017 at 12:07 pm
The gall, brazenness and complete lack of human decency among so many of these KY prosecutors would be a shock to the rest of the civilized world.
Legislation should provide that once jury tampering, witness tampering, or any other violation that denies civil rights (and thus, a fair trial) to the accused, occurs, that prosecutor should be placed under investigation and all cases they prosecuted, re-examined.
Keith- Delmar told me about your case last night. He’s thrilled for you, and you have given him hope. (Delmar Partin-wrongfully convicted of murder in Knox County, KY 23 years ago.)
Many prayers for both you and Jeff and your families.