JOHN THOMPSON PETITIONING U.S. DOJ RE PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT IN ORLEANS PARISH - PRESS CONFERENCE 08.02.16 AT 10AM RAE HOUSE
Death Row Exoneree John Thompson Calls for Federal Investigation of Orleans Parish District Attorney by US Department of Justice
Emergency Intervention Would Guard Against Local Lawless and Corruption, Historic Pattern of Wrongful Conviction and Incarceration of Orleans Citizens
Filing of formal complaint petitioning the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), Civil Rights Division for investigation into individual and systemic abuses of prosecutorial power in Orleans Parish.
The petition will be filed by death row exoneree John Thompson. The complaint highlights a disturbing pattern of lawlessness, corruption and prosecutorial misconduct by the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office. Mr. Thompson will request a United States Department of Justice investigation into the grave and historic - and legally recognized, yet not remedied - problem of wrongful conviction because of systemic constitutional violations by Orleans Parish prosecutors. Federal government intervention is needed to identify the many other innocent people wrongfully convicted by such prosecutorial misconduct who remain on death row at Angola prison, and who are otherwise serving extremely long sentences at Angola as a result of the rampant prosecutorial misconduct proven to exist.
Speakers will explain in greater depth the concerns highlighted in the petition, and both the critical need for this investigation to remedy and prevent terrible injustices caused by prosecutors’ abuses of their largely unchecked power, recklessly violating the constitutional rights of defendants (the majority of them indigent) and creating wrongful convictions in Orleans Parish.
To see a copy of the complaint, click here
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