The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear an appeal by New Orleans prosecutors of a $14 million judgment won by John Thompson, a former Death Row inmate who says they withheld a crime lab report to help convict him of murder. The case is Connick vs. Thompson.
The district attorney's office now admits that its prosecutors withheld the lab report, which showed Thompson's blood type didn't match the sample from an unrelated attempted robbery. Prosecutors had used the attempted robbery to help get a death penalty for Thompson.
As a society, we are remarkably forgiving of ourselves, when it comes to wrongful convictions
We are treated to a steady diet of news stories about people, usually men, who are freed after spending much of their lives in prison for crimes they didn't commit.
What we don't see as frequently are stories about penalties for sending those innocent people to prison.
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