Lovely Bonesの作者が彼をレイプ犯と間違えた後、罪のない男がどのように投獄されたか

ALICE Sebold, author of the 2002 小説, The Lovely Bones, has publicly apologized to the man she accused of raping her back in 1981.

Anthony Broadwater served 16 years in prison after being convicted of raping Sebold when she was a student at Syracuse University.

The Lovely Bones author, Alice Sebold, is publicly apologizing to Anthony Broadwater after he was falsely convicted of raping her in 1981

The Lovely Bones author, Alice Sebold, is publicly apologizing to Anthony Broadwater after he was falsely convicted of raping her in 1981クレジット: ゲッティ
Broadwater served 16 years in prison and was released in 1998

Broadwater served 16 years in prison and was released in 1998クレジット: AP

Broadwater was released in 1998 but remained on New York’s sex offender registry. しかしながら, his conviction was overturned last week after the case was reexamined by prosecutors who found flaws in his arrest and trial.

In a statement on her Medium account, Sebold that she was “truly sorry” to Broadwater and regrets what he has been through.

“I know that no apology can change what happened to you and never will.” she wrote, adding that he hopes Broadwater’s family will be “granted the time and privacy to heal.”

Broadwater issued his own statement through his lawyers, expressing that he was “relieved she has apologized.”

“It must have taken a lot of courage for her to do that. It’s still painful to me because I was wrongfully convicted, but this will help me in my process to come to peace with what happened.”

に 1999, Sebold wrote about the rape in her memoir Lucky where she states she spotted a Black man in the street months later who she believed to be her rapist.

She went to police and an officer said the man must have been Broadwater, who was supposedly seen in the area.

Sebold failed to identify Broadwater in a police lineup, ultimately picking a different man, but Broadwater was put on trial anyway.

He was convicted largely on Sebold identifying him on the witness stand and alleged microscopic hair analysis tying him to the crime. しかしながら, this type of analysis has been considered junk science by the US Department of Justice.

LUCKY ADAPTATION DROPPED

An adaptation for Lucky was in the works before it was dropped after losing its financing months ago. It was set to star Victoria Pedretti from the Netflix series You.

しかしながら, executive producer Timothy Mucciante had raised concerns about the events in Sebold’s book and left the project.

Mucciante was supposed to finance the film but after noticing discrepancies between the memoir and script, he looked into getting Broadwater’s conviction re-examined, による ニューヨーク・タイムズ.

After leaving the project in June, Mucciante hired a private investigator to examine the evidence against Broadwater. The investigation was then taken up by Broadwater’s legal team.

The team discredited the hair analysis against Broadwater and said that Sebold’s identification of Broadwater in court was due to the prosecutor allegedly telling her that Broadwater and the man next to him were friends who had purposely appeared in the lineup together to trick her,」

“I started having some doubts, not about the story that Alice told about her assault, which was tragic, but the second part of her book about the trial, which didn’t hang together,” Mucciante said to the Times.

Broadwater reportedly cried “tears of joy and relief” upon hearing his conviction had been overturned by a Syracuse judge.

“I am grateful that Mr. Broadwater has finally been vindicated, but the fact remains that 40 数年前, he became another young Black man brutalized by our flawed legal system.” wrote Sebold.

“I will continue to struggle with the role that I unwittingly played within a system that sent an innocent man to jail. I will also grapple with the fact that my rapist will, in all likelihood, never be known, may have gone on to rape other women, and certainly will never serve the time in prison that Mr. Broadwater did.”

Sebold failed to identity Broadwater in a police lineup but he was still put on trial anyway

Sebold failed to identity Broadwater in a police lineup but he was still put on trial anyway
A film adaptation for Sebold's memoir Lucky was dropped

A film adaptation for Sebold’s memoir Lucky was droppedクレジット: ゲッティ

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