Court Rejects Damages for Innocent Man Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison

The US Supreme Court rejected and overturned a jury verdict awarding $14 million in damages to John Thompson, a man who spent 14 years on death row because bad prosecutors hid a blood test that would have exonerated him from a murder case and proved his innocence.

The 5-4 decision, which was hotly debated by the justices, shielded the New Orleans district attorney’s office from being held liable for its mistakes.

Speaking to the press, Justice Ginsburg emphasized her disapproval to the decision by reading her dissent in the courtroom, saying that the prosecutors dishonored their obligation to the law.

Thompson was charged with and convicted of an attempted carjacking near the Superdome as a prelude of charging him with the unsolved murder of a hotel executive. The case was later overturned when a private detective discovered that the man wanted in relation to the carjacking had a B blood type, while Thompson was type O.

The blood test saved Thompson’s life, which lead to a new case that cleared him of his charges. As Thompson was acquitted, he won $14 million in damages against the district attorney in a civil suit.

Unfortunately, Thompson will not be seeing justice this day as the courts rejected the judgment despite all the evidence in favor of the plaintiff.

Source: LA Times