Teenagers on death row

Supreme Court case: Can a man exonerated of capital murder sue the prosecutor teenagers on death row convicted him? The law, lawyers, and the court.

This week at the Supreme Court: Can a man exonerated of capital murder sue the prosecutor who convicted him? On April 19, 1999, Michael Banks and Gordon Cooney traveled from Philadelphia to Louisiana’s death row at the State Penitentiary at Angola to meet with their client, John Thompson. Banks and Cooney had represented Thompson since 1988, and his appeal for capital murder was rapidly reaching an inexorable conclusion. Despite the lawyers’ best efforts, they had failed. Supreme Court had rejected their final petition.