Paul House has spent 22 years on Tennessee’s death row for a murder conviction based on faulty scientific evidence. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that he should get a new hearing because post-conviction DNA testing invalidated the prosecution’s theory that he raped and then murdered a woman more than 20 years ago. The Innocence Project filed
an amicus brief in support of House’s motion
before the Supreme Court, arguing that courts should be allowed to give more weight to hard scientific evidence on appeal.
The Court’s ruling
was one that will have a profound impact on defendants in all 50 states.
Now, a group of Tennessee legislators is calling for the governor to grant House a pardon.
"Governor Bredesen, we understand that the authority to grant pardons is one of the most serious and awesome responsibilities of your office," the letter states. "However, in the case of Paul House, we believe that it is warranted."
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. (Nashville Scene, 6/20/07)