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Killing Time: An 18-Year Odyssey from Death Row to Freedom
     

Killing Time: An 18-Year Odyssey from Death Row to Freedom

by John Hollway, Ronald M. Gauthier
 

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In 1984, John Thompson was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of a prominent white man in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was sent to Angola Prison and confined to his cell for twenty-three hours a day. However, Thompson adamantly proclaimed his innocence and just needed lawyers who believed that his trial had been mishandled and would step up to the plate

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In 1984, John Thompson was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of a prominent white man in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was sent to Angola Prison and confined to his cell for twenty-three hours a day. However, Thompson adamantly proclaimed his innocence and just needed lawyers who believed that his trial had been mishandled and would step up to the plate against the powerful DA’s office. But who would fight for Thompson’s innocence when he didn’t have an alibi for the night of the murder and there were two key witnesses to confirm his guilt?

Killing Time is about the eighteen-year quest for Thompson’s freedom from a wrongful murder conviction. After Philadelphia lawyers Michael Banks and Gordon Cooney take on his case, they struggle to find areas of misconduct in his previous trials while grappling with their questions about Thompson’s innocence. John Hollway and Ronald M. Gauthier have interviewed Thompson and the lawyers, and paint a realistic and compelling portrait of life on death row and the corruption in the Louisiana police and DA’s office. When it is found that evidence was mishandled in a previous trial that led to his death sentence in the murder case, Thompson is finally on his road to freedom—a journey that continues with his suit against Harry Connick, Sr. and the New Orleans DA’s office to this day.

Editorial Reviews

Barry Scheck
“This book tells a fascinating and chilling story of one of the most notorious wrongful convictions of modern time. It should be read by anyone who cares about this issue.”
Sister Helen Prejean
“A revealing, important book that sheds light on how an innocent man can be sent to death row.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781602399747
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
05/18/2010
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)

Meet the Author

John Hollway is an attorney and writer who has worked both in a federal prosecutor’s office and as a defense attorney in state and federal courts.

Ronald M. Gauthier is a library branch manager in Gwinnett Country, Georgia, and once served as an adult literacy instructor for the Louisiana prison system and a social services counselor. He is the author of Hard Time on the Bayou, a prison novel based on his experiences working in corrections.

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