Long was counsel for Tom Thompson during his long and much reported capital murder case. Long was asked to take over the case by a federal judge with respect to his federal habeus corpus proceedings that followed Thompson's conviction for capital murder in the Orange County Superior Court. For nine years, Long saw the case through many twists and turns. The district court overturned the murder conviction, only to have the charge reinstated on appeal. The federal circuit courts en banc ruling reversed the decision once more, but on appeal the U.S. Supreme Court by a 5-4 ruling reinstated the conviction shortly before Thompson was executed.
A 1970 graduate of CMC and a 1973 graduate of Harvard Law School, Long will speak on the tension between federal and state justice systems in the context of capital punishment cases. Please join us for Long's lecture on the slaying of Thomas Thompson. Dinner reservations are for CMC persons only.