I haven't written about the Supreme Court's opinion in Connick v. Thompson because, frankly, I don't have anything much to add to what others, perhaps especially Dahlia Lithwick, have said. Prosecutors hid the evidence that John Thompson was innocent and got him sent to death row.
Did they believe he was innocent? I don't know. Probably not. Mostly when they cheat the reason is to make a weak case stronger, not to frame an innocent man. Sometimes though, and this was one of those times, the effect is the same.
Anyhow it was chance, not a sudden burst of remorse or a new-found honesty that saved Thompson from being killed. An investigator, in a last ditch effort to save Thompson's life, turned up the hidden evidence. And so it goes. Thompson's out on the street.
The numerous prosecutors who, over the years, concealed the evidence of innocence were investigate. They could have been criminally charged. They could have had their licenses to practice law revoked. They could have been fired.
Sure, those things could have happened. Instead, well, here's how Thompson tells it in an op-ed in today's NY Times.