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Picking Cotton by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino
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Jan 12, 2011

it was amazing

Jennifer is attacked and sexually assaulted in her own apartment late one night. Bravely fighting off her attacker, she later gives the police a good description of the assailant. From a police line-up, Jennifer mistakenly identifies Ron Cotton as her attacker. Charged and found guilty, Cotton is sent to prison.

In Picking Cotton, Ron and Jennifer tell their story from their own perspectives. Jennifer talks of the affects of the attack on her health, her family and her relationships. Ron talks about his years in prison and the fight to clear his name. After serving eleven years in prison, Cotton is finally exonerated and walks away a free man. Incredibly, Cotton forgives Thompson, and the two become the best of friends. This true story of injustice and redemption featured on 60 Minutes recently.
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