Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Prosecution Rests, but I Can’t. By John Thompson

Earlier we posted about John Thompson and how his civil jury award of 14 million dollars was overturned by the Supreme Court.  Below is Mr. Thompson's open letter published in the New York Times.  We found it compelling and have reproduced it below.
I SPENT 18 years in prison for robbery and murder, 14 of them on death row. I’ve been free since 2003, exonerated after evidence covered up by prosecutors surfaced just weeks before my execution date. Those prosecutors were never punished. Last month, the Supreme Court decided 5-4 to overturn a case I’d won against them and the district attorney who oversaw my case, ruling that they were not liable for the failure to turn over that evidence — which included proof that blood at the robbery scene wasn’t mine.

John Thompson is the director of Resurrection After Exoneration, a support group for exonerated inmates.

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