Jerry Hart of Hart Galleries, Scheduled to Serve His Time on a Felony Conviction, Reflects on the Past

Photo by Steve Jansen
Jerry Hart
Jerry Hart has been sitting at Avalon Diner for nearly two hours and he's barely touched the English muffin that he glazed with butter when it first arrived at the corner table. The antique dealer, convicted of misapplication of fiduciary property in connection with his once high-flying business, has had a lot to say during the first interview with the media that he's done in years.

"Sometimes I wake up and it seems like a bad dream," says Hart, who stirs his iced tea as high school kids from St. John's and Lamar catch up on the latest gossip at the surrounding tables. "What can I say? This has been a five-year odyssey."

Barring a judicial miracle, Jerry, 68, and his wife Wynonne, 64, will be going back to prison to serve the remainder of their 14-year stints. The Court of Criminal Appeals denied a petition for a retrial. Now, the Harts' fate is in the hands of the United States Supreme Court.

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Steve Jansen is a contributing writer for the Houston Press.
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