Ken Thompson: Overturning Wrongful Convictions

Dec 10, 2015

The late Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson loved his job
Credit Allan Wolper for WBGO

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson lost his battle with cancer in October of 2016.  Thompson was 50.  Thompson made history in 2013 when he became the first African American to be elected Brooklyn District Attorney.

Thompson's enduring legacy includes the formation of a Conviction Review Unit which overturned the wrongful imprisonment of 21 people, winning national applause and attention.

Thompson won international notice in private practice when he represented a hotel housekeeper who alleged she was sexually assaulted by Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund. Strauss-Kahn was poised to run for President of France.

He talked about his love for the job and his reason why he chose public service in this edition of Conversations with Allan Wolper in December of 2015.  Click above to hear that show.