John Thompson is an innocent man who spent 14 years on death row. Thompson was exonerated just days before his scheduled execution, when evidence of his innocence emerged – evidence that had been hidden by prosecutors during his trial. After his release, he sued his prosecutors for violating his constitutional rights by suppressing evidence of his innocence. The Jury awarded him $14 million – $1 million for every year he spent on death row. The Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment twice, but it was reversed in 2011 by a 5-4 decision of the United States Supreme Court.
N-Map is helping Thompson and his partners at the Innocence Project launch an advocacy campaign to improve accountability for prosecutors who violate the constitutional rights of defendants. This video is the first in the campaign, and focuses on Thompson’s story.