John Thompson spent 18 years in prison — 14 years of that on death row — for crimes he did not commit. Facing his seventh execution date, a
TAKE ACTION: Contact your state legislators and urge them to strengthen oversight of prosecutorial misconduct and protections for the wrongfully convicted in your state.
Thompson was eventually exonerated, and like anyone who has been so willfully and egregiously wronged, he sued the prosecutors’ office for what they’d done to him. And he won. A jury awarded him $14 million, one million for each year on death row. When Louisiana appealed, the case went to the U.S. Supreme Court. In the spring of 2011, in a controversial 5-4 decision, the Court ruled that the prosecutor’s office could not be held liable.
With Connick v. Thompson, the U.S. Supreme Court took away one of the only remaining means for the wrongfully convicted to hold prosecutors accountable for willful misconduct. Although all other professionals, from
It is now up to our elected officials to strengthen our existing systems and create new ones if necessary to ensure that prosecutor’s offices are accountable and transparent. Contact your elected officials and demand that they strengthen safeguards against prosecutorial misconduct and protections for the wrongfully convicted in your state.
The Innocence Project
LAWMAKERS IN OHIO, AND CERTAINLY MEDINA COUNTY OFFICIALS, DON'T SEEM TO HAVE AN INTEREST IN PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF CITIZENS AGAINST PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT.
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