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Oct 27, 2022

With Federal Ruling Awaited, California Prisoner’s Autobiography Selected for Oprah’s Book Club

With a fed­er­al court rul­ing on his inno­cence claims con­sid­ered immi­nent, Oprah Winfrey has des­ig­nat­ed the auto­bi­og­ra­phy of California death-row pris­on­er Jarvis Jay Masters, That Bird Has Wings, as the September 2022 selec­tion for the Oprah Winfrey Book Club. Masters, who has con­vert­ed to Buddhism and become a tal­ent­ed author and pod­cast host in the years since his con­tro­ver­sial con­vic­tion and death sen­tence for the 1985 mur­der of cor­rec­tions offi­cer Sergeant Hal Burchfield, filed his habeas cor­pus peti­tion in fed­er­al dis­trict court in November 2020. His state court chal­lenge had…