From Death Row to Freedom

Friday, October 01, 2010

John Thompson, a wrongfully convicted death row inmate, and lawyer John Hollway discuss the long fight for Thompson’s exoneration. In Killing Time: An 18-Year-Old Odyssey from Death Row to Freedom John Hollway and co-author Ronald M. Gauthier tell the story of the quest for Thompson’s freedom, paint a portrait of life on death row, and reveal the corruption in the Louisiana police and DA’s office.


John Hollway and John Thompson

Comments [6]

Greg from Long Island, NY

Very similar to The Thin Blue Line, but also reminds me more of the Trial of Darryl Hunt in North Carolina.

More current, this is similar to the story of Kenneth Walters, which is depicted in the upcoming movie "Conviction," starring HIllary Swank and Sam Rockwell (to name a few).

Truly a shame this happens as often as it does.

Oct. 01 2010 03:57 PM
Jonella from Boondox of Sullivan County

It is totally heartbreakng that someone should spend 18 years in the worst of prison conditions for a crime he did not commit. But it seems that DA's are driven to put SOMEONE in jail in order to satisfy the blood lust of society and in order to FEEL that the case is solved. Only when there are very, very stiff, seriously severe penalties for such callous actions on the part of "the law enforcers" will we stop seeing such abuse of justice in our world. It's something for a just society to work towards. Could there be anything more worthy?
Was a fascinating segment. Thank you, Leonard! - as always.

Oct. 01 2010 02:28 PM
John from office

Sorry, hope he get nothing. He admits to being a drug dealer, how many lives did he ruin.

Oct. 01 2010 12:39 PM
Sera from Hoboken

There are an enormous number of factors that lead to his circumstance, societal, personal, psychological. It also reminds me of The Thin Blue Line, the story of Randall Adams and the miscarriage of justice that occurred in the 80s(?).

Oct. 01 2010 12:30 PM
John from office

Sorry no sympathy. I will bet he ends up in jail again.

Oct. 01 2010 12:28 PM
john from office

Are supposed to feel sorry for this model citizen. Drug dealer criminal

Oct. 01 2010 12:17 PM

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