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Ronald Cotton & Jennifer Thompson (Mistaken IDs in the Criminal Justice System)

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Monday, February 11, 2013

12:00 PM

12:50 PM

Classroom 5042

In 1984, Ronald Cotton was arrested for two rapes he did not commit.  In 1985, he was convicted.  Ten years later, in 1995, Ronald Cotton was exonerated through DNA analysis that proved another man to be the rapist.    

In 1984, Jennifer Thompson was raped.  When presented with a photo lineup, she identified Ronald Cotton as her attacker.  

They have since reconciled and have become close friends.  In 2010, they wrote a book -- the New York Times Bestseller, Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption.  

They will tell their compelling stories, talk about how Mistaken IDs are one of the leading causes of wrongful convictions, and the need for reform.   
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