"I WANT to apologise to you for what happened to you. I'm sorry," said Ken Thompson, Brooklyn’s district attorney. He was speaking to Paul Gatling, an 81-year old man who 50 years earlier had been convicted of a murder he did not commit. He had an alibi. But the investigation was flawed and Mr Gatling was not given a fair trial.
Ken Thompson, the first African-American to be elected district attorney of Brooklyn, has died at age 50 of complications from cancer, his office said on Sunday. As chief prosecutor of New York’s Kings County, which encompasses the ...
After 52 years, Paul Gatling, 81, will have his second-degree murder conviction exonerated by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Dineen Riviezzo.
The Brooklyn district attorney’s Conviction Review Unit uncovered a tale of legal malfeasance in the 1964 prosecution of Paul Gatling, 81, who now lives in Virginia.
Mr. Thompson, who died on Sunday of cancer, embraced and advanced the shifting roles that district attorneys play in the criminal justice system.