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Man Mistaken For Rapist Befriends Woman Who Jailed Him

When a woman points to a man and says she is 100 percent certain that he broke into her college apartment, put a knife to her throat, and raped her, the justice system works to put the monster behind bars. But Jennifer Thompson, who said just that, was mistaken, and her misidentification sent an innocent man to jail for 11 years. Even though Jennifer said she memorized her rapists face and voice, Ronald Cotton was finally released after DNA exonerated him.

Theirs is a story of mistake but also forgiveness. Jennifer felt guilty and also fearful that Ronald would try to punish her for taking 11 years of his life. But he had forgiven her long ago, accepting that she had made an honest mistake.

Now the pair has written a book, and they work together to spread the word that eyewitnesses can make mistakes and advocate for a more accurate police lineup process.

To see a moving trailer for the book,

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starangel82 starangel82 6 years
Interesting story.
starangel82 starangel82 6 years
Interesting story.
UnDave35 UnDave35 6 years
Didn't we just establish that a person who is tortured almost never is able to properly identify the person doing the torturing? Doesn't that apply to people who are mugged, or worse?
MartiniLush MartiniLush 6 years
"1- Always remember that some of the least reliable testimony is eye witness testimony, even from the victim" VERY true, Mich! Our neighbor is a State Patrol investigator and he has said that he can talk to two witnesses of a incident and it is as if he were on two totally different calls.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 6 years
"1- Always remember that some of the least reliable testimony is eye witness testimony, even from the victim" VERY true, Mich! Our neighbor is a State Patrol investigator and he has said that he can talk to two witnesses of a incident and it is as if he were on two totally different calls.
zeze zeze 6 years
"1- Always remember that some of the least reliable testimony is eye witness testimony, even from the victim" It is so scary how true that is.
zeze zeze 6 years
"1- Always remember that some of the least reliable testimony is eye witness testimony, even from the victim"It is so scary how true that is.
liliblu liliblu 6 years
"This reminds me of two important things we need to work on as a society: 1- Always remember that some of the least reliable testimony is eye witness testimony, even from the victim 2- We need to support Project Innocence any way we can " So true Mich!
liliblu liliblu 6 years
"This reminds me of two important things we need to work on as a society: 1- Always remember that some of the least reliable testimony is eye witness testimony, even from the victim2- We need to support Project Innocence any way we can "So true Mich!
Michelann Michelann 6 years
This reminds me of two important things we need to work on as a society: 1- Always remember that some of the least reliable testimony is eye witness testimony, even from the victim 2- We need to support Project Innocence any way we can
Michelann Michelann 6 years
This reminds me of two important things we need to work on as a society:1- Always remember that some of the least reliable testimony is eye witness testimony, even from the victim2- We need to support Project Innocence any way we can
momma-tikita momma-tikita 6 years
Very true Lili. What a story.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 6 years
Very true Lili.What a story.
bellaressa bellaressa 6 years
Speak the truth liliblu, you are so correct.
liliblu liliblu 6 years
There are a lot of people of faith holding on to past hurts. While the people they refuse to forgive have moved on with their lives.
liliblu liliblu 6 years
He had to forgive. It would have destroyed his life if he'd held on to the anger.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 6 years
well if Cotton is a man of faith, then forgiveness goes with the territory.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 6 years
Wow, amazing story!
MartiniLush MartiniLush 6 years
Wow, amazing story!
genesisrocks genesisrocks 6 years
Wow what a crazy story. I can't say I'd forgive her either, even though it was just a mistake
zeze zeze 6 years
I can't say I would be that forgiving, no chance in hell.
Michaelrcks Michaelrcks 6 years
Interesting!
Michaelrcks Michaelrcks 6 years
Interesting!
Roarman Roarman 6 years
The heading to this post is very poor english. It took 11 years because DNA evidence wasn't used back then. Just a su ky situation for everyone involved.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 6 years
It was 1984 when it happened, thats how the DNA didnt get looked at.
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