Tennessee death row inmate: Prosecutors "idiots" if they retry him

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee death row inmate Paul House says prosecutors would be "idiots" if they begin a new trial against him after nearly 22 years.

In an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press, House said he's lost all faith in the criminal justice system and may pursue a lawsuit in his conviction for the 1985 killing of Carolyn Muncey.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2006 that the jury that convicted House didn't hear testimony that could have exonerated him for the killing of Muncey.

In December a federal judge ordered House's release unless prosecutors begin a new trial against him within 180 days.

House, who suffers multiple sclerosis and must use a wheelchair, has been granted release after a May 28 court hearing.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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