Even though the U.S. Supreme Court has determined Tennessee death row inmate Paul House is almost certainly innocent, Gov. Phil Bredesen has been unwilling to exonerate him. But that didn't stop the governor's office from inviting the condemned man's mother to attend last weekend's inauguration.
The Tennessee Coalition To Abolish State Killing is reporting
on its website that Joyce House received an invitation to Bredesen's swearing-in and inaugural ball. Hoping to finally meet the governor face to face, Ms. House bought a new dress and headed to Nashville for the event. Unfortunately, however, there was no such meeting, and instead it looks like Joyce House will have to keep sending letters, pleading with the governor to spare her son's life.
A spokeswoman from Bredesen's office told the Scene
for a Dec. 7 article
, "It's the governor's policy to let it remain in the courts until all judicial remedies have been exhausted." It's now been seven months since the Supreme Court ruled "no reasonable juror" would convict Paul House given the evidence that's surfaced since his trial.