Harry Connick, Sr.

American politician, lawyer, prosecutor, and businessman Harry Connick, Sr.

Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Sr. is a New Orleans attorney who is best known for serving as the district attorney of the Parish of Orleans, which contains the City of New Orleans, from 1973 to 2003. His son, Harry Connick, Jr. is a successful singer, pianist, actor, and humanitarian. The elder Connick is a singer, long performing a few nights a week at local clubs as a hobby. He has been outspoken on the use of narcotics and pressed for drug testing of high-school students.
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  • 2010
    Age 83
    The Orleans Parish DA's office appealed and the case, Connick v. Thompson, was orally argued before the U.S. Supreme Court during the October 2010 term. By a 5-4 vote split along ideological lines, the Supreme Court overturned the $14 million award in a decision issued on March 29, 2011.
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  • 2007
    Age 80
    In 2007, a man named John Thompson, who was wrongfully convicted of murder by Connick's DA office due to evidence withholding, was awarded a $14 million verdict by a federal court jury.
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  • 2003
    Age 76
    In 2003, Connick did not seek re-election and was inducted into the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame in Winnfield.
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  • 1995
    Age 68
    In 1995, while District Attorney, Connick promised to the Assassination Records Review Board and at a public meeting in New Orleans that he would donate the Garrison investigative files which were still in his office.
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  • 1990
    Age 63
    On July 25, 1990, he was acquitted.
  • 1989
    Age 62
    In 1989, Connick was indicted on racketeering charges for aiding and abetting a gambling operation by returning gambling records to an arrested gambler.
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  • 1987
    Age 60
    In 1987, Connick waged an unsuccessful challenge to incumbent William J. "Billy" Guste, Jr. for the position of Louisiana Attorney General.
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  • 1981
    Age 54
    They also had a daughter, Suzanna, and a son, Harry, Jr. Anita Connick died of ovarian cancer, aged 55, in 1981.
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  • 1973
    Age 46
    In 1973 Connick defeated incumbent New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison who had recently been tried and acquitted of corruption charges.
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  • 1926
    Born on March 27, 1926.
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