By Kelsie Stanhope and Rachel Paulus
At the Chicago Innocence Center, we are eager to recognize prosecutors who buck the trend of convict-at-all-costs; those who take risks to transform the culture and infrastructure that creates wrongful convictions. Here we continue the four-part series by highlighting Brooklyn, New York D.A., Kenneth Thompson.
Kenneth Thompson: Brooklyn, New York District Attorney
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Thompson defeats Hynes, Again, for Brooklyn District Attorney, New York Times - Mr. Hynes was District Attorney in Brooklyn before Thompson. Thompson defeated Hynes in the Democratic primary, and Hynes ran on the Republican ticket. While campaigning, Hynes was accused of misconduct and racial indiscretions. Hynes was the first DA voted out of office since 1955.
New Brooklyn DA Kenneth Thompson Boots 11 Staffers, NY Daily News - Mr. Thompson dismissed a homicide prosecutor who had abandoned a case mid-trial, and several prosecutors who had close ties to former DA Hynes. This is not the first round of cuts to happen since Thompson took office.
Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson Takes on Wrongful Convictions, The Wall Street Journal - As soon as he took office, Mr. Thompson began reforming the conviction integrity unit (CIU) in place under Hynes' office. The former CIU was understaffed, and lacked resources necessary to properly review cases.
Brooklyn DA Thompson Talks Violence, Controversial Decisions with CBS2, CBS New York - Mr. Thompson's first year in office has seen an increase in violence in the area, and several difficult decisions to be made.
Brooklyn DA Reviewing 90 Past Cases, Mostly Murders, New York Post - DA Kenneth Thompson is reviewing 90 cases from the 1980s and 1990s, the majority of which are homicide cases.
Brooklyn DA Slams Predecessor's Record on Wrongful Convictions, Exonerates Two Men for 1985 Murders, Daily News - After announcing he had inherited a legacy of disgrace when it comes to wrongful convictions, Kenneth Thompson officially announced the exoneration of David McCallum, and the posthumous exoneration of his codefendant, Willie Stuckey.