Ronald Cotton was wrongly convicted for the rape of Jennifer Thompson-Cannino in 1984. Thompson-Cannino picked Cotton from an identification parade. Thompson-Cannino thought she picked the right guy. Cotton was convicted and sentenced to 50 years in prison.
In 1995, DNA testing was advanced enough to show that Cotton was not the man who raped Thompson-Cannino. Cotton was exonerated and released from prison. Cotton had spent 11 years in prison. Thompson-Cannino was upset that the wrong man was jailed. She met Cotton, who forgave her. Thompson-Cannino and Cotton became friends to try to reform the criminal justice system.
Bobby Leon Poole was the man who looked like Cotton. Poole’s DNA was tested and he was convicted for the rape of Jennifer Thompson-Cannino.
The book “Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption” is written by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton, with the assistance of a professional writer Erin Torneo.
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