This is a blatant miscarriage of justice. It would be different if this was one of those cases were evidence was later found and the man was exonerated and they said no to the 14 million. However the DA intentionally hid evidence. So this is not a case of just a DA doing his job. If a suspect purposely hid or destroyed evidence he would be charged with a crime, but yet no criminal charges are brought against a DA who did. The SC got it wrong this time. Yes I am a firm believer in the death penalty and this story in no shape or form changes my mind on the death penalty other than the fact there should be stronger evidence required for a death penalty and the strength of that evidence should determine how many appeals someone on death row gets.
Supreme Court: No damages for man wrongly sent to death row - latimes.com
In 1999, when all his appeals had failed on his conviction for the murder of a hotel executive, Thompson was scheduled to be put to death. But a private investigator hired by his lawyer found a blood test in the police lab that showed the man wanted for a related carjacking had type B blood, while Thompson's was type O.
Thompson had been charged with and convicted of an attempted carjacking near the Superdome as a prelude to charging him with the unsolved murder of a hotel executive.
The newly revealed blood test spared Thompson's life, and a judge ordered a new trial on the murder charge that had sent him to death row. His new defense lawyers found other evidence that had been hidden, including eyewitnesses reports. Bystanders reported seeing a man who was 6 feet tall with close-cropped hair running away holding a gun. Thompson was 5 feet 8 and had a bushy Afro.
With the new eyewitness reports and other evidence that pointed to another man as the killer, Thompson was quickly acquitted of all the charges in a second trial. He won $14 million in damages in a civil suit against the district attorney.