Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption
”Suddenly a man is on her. Shut up or I’ll cut you!” Jennifer is being raped at knifepoint. Though terrified, she thinks about her choices. ”At five-foot two, I knew I wouldn’t win a physical struggle.”
Jennifer tries to talk him out of it, offering money. She wills herself to note deta ...more
Thanks to DNA testing, after nearly eleven long years of claiming innocence and fighting "the system", Ronald Cotton is finally and thankfully released for crimes he did not commit. I could feel his frustration as he told his story, and admire his stamina and methods of survival to find his place each time he was shipped off to yet another pr...more
After eleven years Cotto ...more
Picking Cotton made me need to be a better person; just reading it allowed me a glimpse into hope.
Jennifer Thompson woke up to a man in her apartment; he raped ...more
I was disappointed. The story is framed as being about the unreliability of memory and the power of forgiveness. A woman is raped and picks a man out of a lineup and is convinced throughout his trial that this is the man who raped her. After 13 (?) years in jail the man is exonerated on DNA evidence. The man holds no grudge and the two become friends. So on the one hand it's a sweet redemptive tale.
I'm intrigued and so I hope to see how this story is told.
What I like about this book is the authors made this book informative but also appealing to read for a broad audience. The accounts in the book are their personal stories, written by them, and not over technical where it would scare people off.
Jennifer Thompson is raped in her apartment and vows to identify her rapist. The police show her a photo line up and a physical line up - both where she picks Ronald Cotton. Cotton is found guilty and since he professes his innocence, ends ...more
This is the story of a woman who was brutally raped while in college who mistakenly identified a man who subsequently was imprisoned for 11 years as her attacker. The man, Ronald Cotton, who was first convicted in J ...more
If you're a fan of this book, you have GOT to read Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. Stevenson is an absolute hero of a guy, working for almost nothing, fighting for the unjustly convicted or unfairly sentenced souls on death row.
The book vividly conveys the awfulness of the cri ...more
Told by both the accused and victim, this is a great story of injustice, redemption, compassion and forgiveness.
A hard book to put down, and one that will stay with you long ...more
Jennifer and Ron are top-notch people. And I'm about to volunteer for Amnesty International.
I knew very little about the events that transpired before reading Picking Cotton. I not only learned about the crime/trial, but I learned about their lives before and after it. I really felt like I was a fly on the wall watching the story of their lives. I felt ...more
Stories such as this should be required reading in school. It's a powerful, true story account of how even the most sincere eye-witness identifications can be utterly and devastatingly wrong.
Please read this book. See a glimpse into some of the issues facing our criminal justice system. A system which is all too human.
I'm grateful to the authors for taking the time to write and share this transformative story.