Mr. Hartfield was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death in 1978. In 1980, the CCA overturned his sentence and ordered he receive an entirely new trial. Days after that order became final in 1983, the then-governor purported to commute his sentence to life in prison. However, as the CCA confirmed in June 2013, there was no sentence to commute since the court’s order had become final. Because Mr. Hartfield never received his new trial and has been imprisoned over thirty years under no conviction or sentence, TIN attorneys are pursuing a claim in the state trial court that his Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial has been violated.
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