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Oct 6, 2010 2:55 PM

Supreme Court Exonerated Inmate

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court may reconsider a $14 million judgment to a former death row inmate who accused New Orleans prosecutors of withholding evidence to help convict him of murder.

Justices seemed skeptical Wednesday when John Thompson argued that the district attorney's office in New Orleans showed deliberate indifference by not doing specific training for employees on turning over evidence.

Thompson came within weeks of being executed before he was acquitted in the killing of a hotel executive. Prosecutors had a crime lab report favorable to Thompson but never turned it over.

But justices repeatedly asked what kind of across-the-board training would have stopped four different prosecutors from knowing about the key evidence and not turning it over.

 

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