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John Hollway

“Killing Time is an important piece of investigative work. It is a riveting read that raises provocative questions about the treatment of a murder suspect, who was subsequently cleared of wrongdoing. With its timeline style, readers will have a hard time putting it down. I highly recommend it.” – Dan Simon, CNN Correspondent and former New Orleans reporter

"It's all here—a suppressed blood sample, a missing gun, a key witness quizzed in court from beyond the grave, frantic legal maneuvering as the death row clock ticks louder. John Thompson lost his youth in an 18-year struggle with pros- ecutors hell-bent to nail him for the murder of a prominent hotelier’s son. His exoneration was a stinging—and expensive—rebuke to an era in which the New Orleans DA sought scalps, not justice, and didn’t seem to grasp the difference." – Jed Horne, author of the New Orleans classics Desire Street and Breach of Faith

"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." – Barry Scheck, Co-Founder and Co-Director of The Innocence Project

"An outstanding wrongful conviction book from 2010: “ Killing Time: An 18-Year Odyessey from Death Row to Freedom” -Sun Times, Book of the Year 2010

I’m John Hollway, author of Killing Time: An 18-Year Odyssey from Death Row to Freedom. It’s the unforgettable true story of John Thompson, who as a 22-year old man in New Orleans was arrested, tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for the brutal murder of a wealthy, well-connected white hotel executive named Ray Liuzza. John spent 18 years in prison – 14 of them in solitary confinement on Death Row – before his courageous lawyers, Michael Banks and Gordon Cooney, were able to get him a new trial.

John’s story is fascinating and inspiring, proof that dedicated and passionate people can triumph over amazing odds and make a difference in the world. It’s a story of the power of relationships, and the unlikely ties that can bind people from completely different backgrounds together in powerful and surprising ways.

It’s also the key to understanding perhaps the most important case that will be decided by the United States Supreme Court this fall – in October, Michael and Gordon will represent John in the landmark case of Thompson v. Connick, a case that will determine whether we as Americans have the ability to hold prosecutors accountable for their deliberate neglect of the rules of evidence and our constitutional rights.

I hope you’ll spend a little time on the site, and learn about the important work that John Thompson is doing now in New Orleans, and about his Supreme Court case. He’s an extraordinary man, and his story is an important story.

Come back often to hear more about the story and learn about updates, appearances, and more –



Gordon Cooney, John Thompson, and Michael Banks on the day of John’s release from prison.

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