Mark your calendar now for the Illinois Innocence Project’s annual celebration, to be held at Erin’s Pavilion on Wednesday, April 8, 2015.
Two nationally known victims of a faulty criminal justice process, Jennifer Thompson and Ronald Cotton, will be our featured speakers at a program that recognizes Illinois eyewitness identification reforms.
Jennifer was brutally raped at knifepoint when she was a college student. A flawed witness identification process caused her to unintentionally misidentify Ronald as her attacker. Though Ronald insisted on his innocence, he spent 11 years in prison … until DNA exonerated him.
So began Jennifer and Ronald’s lifelong journey toward redemption and, most remarkably, an unlikely and lasting friendship. They tell their story in their 2010 book, Picking Cotton (www.pickingcottonbook.com).
Learn more about Jennifer and Ronald in this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsBplRi1PfA.
Stay tuned for more information about the 2015 Defenders of the Innocent event.