On April 12, 2011, The U.S. Supreme Court issued an OUTRAGEOUS decision in which five Republican justices overruled a jury of We the People.
They took away a $14 million jury award to a man outrageously convicted of murder when the prosecuting attorneys had evidence that proved the man was innocent.
John Thompson spent 18 years in prison and was ordered to be executed seven (7) times.
Can you imagine being wrongly convicted of murder?
Can you imagine spending 18 years in prison hoping to see justice done?
Can you imagine receiving the order of execution seven (7) times while living on Death Row?
Can you imagine the elation when your innocence is shown and you are released from prison?
Can you imagine the elation from seeing justice done by a jury of honest Americans when they awarded you $14 million for what you endured at the hands of corrupt prosecutors?
Can you imagine that The United States Supreme Court then took the money away from you saying the prosecuting attorney had not been proven to have done this multiple times, so you should not receive the money?
The U.S. Supreme Court threw out a $14 million jury award in favor of a former death row inmate who was freed after prosecutorial misconduct came to light.
The 5-to-4 decision divided along the courtâ€™s ideological fault line and prompted the first dissent read from the bench this term, from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The former inmate, John Thompson, had sued Harry F. Connick, a former district attorney in New Orleans, saying his office had not trained prosecutors to turn over exculpatory evidence. Prosecutors in the office had failed to give Mr. Thompsonâ€™s lawyers a report showing that blood at a crime scene was not his.
Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for the majority, said that only a pattern of misconduct would warrant holding Mr. Connick accountable for what happened on his watch.
Mr. Thompson spent 18 years in prison, 14 of them on death row. â€œI was delivered an execution warrant in my cell seven times,â€ he said. â€œI was only weeks from being executed when my lawyers got the killing stopped.â€
See the full story in The New York Times.
The U.S. Supreme Court is a disgrace. This decision is the type of action that should motivate people to throw the bums out. We need to remove the entire Supreme Court and replace them with honest, law-abiding citizens (who aren’t lawyers there to protect their own).
William M. Windsor