Terry Harrington was seventeen when a retired police captain working as a night watchman was shot and killed in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Harrington and another black teenager were convicted of the murder and sentenced to prison for life without parole.
After 25 years behind bars, both were freed by the Iowa Supreme Court. Vital evidence pointing to a more likely suspect, the court found, had been withheld.
Translation: Terry Harrington was framed. Now his case is before the US Supreme Court.
This hour, On Point: Terry Harrington, framed for murder, speaks.
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Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate magazine, where she writes about legal affairs. Her piece about Terry Harrington's case, "The Framers on the Framers," examined whether the Constitution protects prosecutors who fabricate evidence.
Terry Harrington, plaintiff in the Supreme Court case Pottawattamie County v. McGhee. He was 17 years old in 1977 when he was arrested for the murder of a retired police officer. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole. His murder conviction was overturned in 2003 by the Iowa Supreme Court and Harrington was set free. Both he and co-defendant Curtis McGhee are suing the county prosecutors.
Douglas McCalla, member of Terry Harrington’s legal team and a veteran civil rights attorney. He was at the Supreme Court in Washington last week for the oral arguments in the cae. He is former partner, now counsel, with the Spence Law Firm in Jackson, Wyoming.
This program aired on November 11, 2009.