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Fri Jan 4, 2013, 11:35 AM

Inmate ordered retried in '80 'waiting ever since' [View all]

Source: Yahoo /AP

GATESVILLE, Texas (AP) Jerry Hartfield was still a young man when an uncle visited him in prison to tell him that his murder conviction had been overturned and he would get a new trial.

Not long afterward, he was moved off of death row.

"A sergeant told me to pack my stuff and I wouldn't return. I've been waiting ever since for that new trial," Hartfield, now 56, said during a recent interview at the prison near Gatesville where he's serving life for the 1976 robbery and killing of a Bay City bus station worker. He says he's innocent.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturned Hartfield's murder conviction in 1980 because it found a potential juror improperly was dismissed for expressing reservations about the death penalty. The state tried twice but failed to get the court to re-examine that ruling, and on March 15, 1983 11 days after the court's second rejection then-Gov. Mark White commuted Hartfield's sentence to life in prison.

At that point, with Hartfield off death row and back in the general prison population, the case became dormant.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/inmate-ordered-retried-80-waiting-ever-since-192257674.html

Truly disgraceful.

Please note, my anger here is not directed towards actual citizens of Texas, but rather the dubious concept of "Texas Justice." Because I am almost 100% had his death sentence never been overturned, the State of Texas would have executed him long, long ago.

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