Friday, February 26, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: February 26

February 26, 1969 – St. Paul Pioneer Press writer Donald Giese was sentenced to 90 days in jail for contempt of court after refusing to reveal his sources for articles he wrote about the murder of Carol Thompson. The sentence was stayed by Judge Douglas Amdahl of Hennepin County District Court to permit an appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Convicted of hiring someone to kill his wife Carol in 1963, T. Eugene Thompson was seeking a new trial. “He alleges that St. Paul police and the Ramsay County attorney’s office gave information to the press [that] resulted in publicity depriving him of a fair trial.”

Giese refused to reveal if he had talked with police or the county attorney’s office, saying it would “violate journalistic ethics and tend to deprive him of news sources if he were to answer.”

The Sheyboygan Press; “Minneapolis Reporter Gets 90 Days in Jail”; February 27, 1969; p. 11, Section II.

T. Eugene Thompson

Murder of Carol Thompson; see March 6, 2013 blog

Gun handle pieces found at the scene of Carol Thompson’s murder identified; see April 9, 2013 blog

Thieves admit to stealing and selling gun used in Carol Thompson murder; see April 17, 2013 blog

Suspects arrested in Carol Thompson’s murder; see April 19, 2013 blog

Suspect implicates another as actual murderer in Carol Thompson case; see April21, 2013 blog

T. Eugene Thompson represented one of the suspects in his wife’s murder; see April 23, 2013 blog

Pistol used to bludgeon Carol Thompson found; see April 30, 2013 blog

T. Eugene Thompson walks out on grand jury; see May 2, 2013 blog

Getaway car in Carol Thompson murder located; see May 3, 2013 blog

Blood-stained trousers believed to have been worn by Carol Thompson’s murderer found; May 9, 2013 blog

Suspect in Carol Thompson’s murder confesses, implicates T. Eugene Thompson; see June 20, 2013 blog

T. Eugene Thompson arrested in his wife’s murder; see June 21, 2013 blog

T. Eugene Thompson’s role in wife’s murder revealed to public; see June 22, 2013 blog

Minn. Supreme Court affirms T. Eugene Thompson’s conviction; see Jan. 7, 2014 blog

Minn. Supreme Court denies T. Eugene Thompson’s attempt to collect wife’s insurance death benefits; see Feb. 10, 2014 blog


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