Thursday, February 04, 2010

“Picking Cotton: Our Story of Injustice & Redemption”

A shocking crime. A devastating miscarriage of justice. One man’s fight for truth. One woman’s struggle to recover. Two lives forever connected.

Thursday, March 4, 2010
Presented twice at 10am and 6pm
The Evergreen State College-Tacoma Campus
1210 6th Ave.
Tacoma, WA

Author's of the book "Picking Cotton" Ronald Cotton and Jennifer Thompson-Cannino visit Evergreen-Tacoma Campus. Discussion will revolve around the problem of mis-identification that leads to convictions of innocent people. This is an incredible story.


Jennifer Thompson was raped at knifepoint by a man who broke into her apartment while she slept. She was able to escape, and eventually positively identified Ronald Cotton as her attacker. Ronald insisted that she was mistaken-- but Jennifer's positive identification was the compelling evidence that put him behind bars. After eleven years, Ronald was allowed to take a DNA
test that proved his innocence. He was released, after serving more than a decade in prison for a crime he never committed.

Two years later, Jennifer and Ronald met face to face-- and forged an unlikely friendship that changed both of their lives.

In their own words, Jennifer and Ronald unfold the harrowing details of their tragedy, and challenge our ideas of memory and judgment while demonstrating the profound nature of human grace and the healing power of forgiveness. -- St. Martin's Press