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In 1985 father-of-two John Thompson was convicted of murder in the U.S. city of New Orleans and sentenced to death.
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After 18 years in prison, and just weeks before his scheduled execution, he was exonerated at a retrial after new evidence came to light.
He always maintained his innocence and was eventually awarded $14 million after a civil case.
In 2007 John founded Resurrection After Exoneration (RAE) to promote and sustain a network of support among wrongfully incarcerated individuals.
According to their Web site, RAE works to reconnect exonerees to their communities and provide access to those opportunities of which they were robbed.
He talks to Connect the World about losing nearly 20 years of his life, life on death row, and the deep flaws in the legal system.
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