Monday, June 12, 2006

SCOTUS Allows DNA Evidence in House Case

The Supreme Court today ruled that Tennessee death-row inmate Paul Gregory House can use DNA evidence to demonstrate his innocence.

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, writing for the court, . . . said that inmate Paul Gregory House could proceed with a lawsuit in federal court claiming innocence for the murder of Carolyn Muncey, a young mother of two, in Union County, Tennessee, in July 1985.

Twenty years after his conviction, DNA testing revealed that semen found on the murder victim's nightgown and underwear belonged to her husband, not House.

"This is not a case of conclusive exoneration," Kennedy wrote on behalf of himself and four other justices.

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