In her acclaimed 1999 memoir Lucky, author Alice Sebold told the story of being raped in 1981 when she was a student at Syracuse University. The case resulted in a Black man named Anthony Broadwater being convicted and sent to prison. Sadly, Broadwater was innocent and wrongfully convicted — and…
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Baltimore Men Alfred Chestnut, Ransom Watkins, Andrew Stewart Exonerated 36 Years After They Were Wrongly Convicted
Three men now walk free after being exonerated for a crime they spent 36 years in prison for. Alfred Chestnut, Ransom Watkins and Andrew Stewart, now in their 50s, were just 16 when they were wrongfully convicted of fatally shooting Baltimore middle schooler DeWitt Duckett over his Georgetown University jacket….
There has been prior research pointing to racial bias and official misconduct contributing to higher wrongful conviction rates for Blacks than for whites. But the National Registry of Exonerations (NRE) not only documents such instances; it also supplies a consistent source of data to explore what is driving that disparity….