Only weeks before their client was scheduled to be put to death, two Morgan Lewis & Bockius partners convinced a court to stay his execution after uncovering evidence of prosecutorial misconduct that they hope will lead to a new trial for a New Orleans man convicted of a murder 15 years ago.
Michael Banks and Gordon Cooney Jr. have been handling the appeal process of John Thompson on a pro bono basis since 1988 through the Loyola Capital Defense Fund, which coordinates defenses for indigent death row inmates. In recent years Morgan Lewis associates John Gorman and Michael Eagles have assisted the two partners.
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