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Elling evidence that put him behind bars After eleven years Ronald was allowed to take a DNA test that proved his innocence He was released after serving than a decade in prison for a crime he never committed Two years later Jennifer and Ronald met face to face and forged an. I’m fascinated by redemption forgiveness and the power of being ‘strong at the broken places’ so Picking Cotton Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption by Jennifer Thompson Cannino and Ronald Cotton with Erin Torneo had me at hello but it was the complicated shape shifting of relationships in this story that burned this book into me Picking Cotton made me need to be a better person; just reading it allowed me a glimpse into hopeJennifer Thompson woke up to a man in her apartment; he raped her at knifepoint She identified Ronald Thompson as her attacker suffered great trauma and though she eventually moved on the attack on her body left a wide swath of emotional scar tissue However Jennifer used the legal system as her way to fight backLesson one One doesn’t really recover from rape; one reconfigures themselves Ronald Thompson swore his innocence as surely as Jennifer Thompson testified to his guilt At times his lock up seemed what allowed Jennifer to walk through the world But after eleven years DNA proved Ronald an innocent man The amazing thing is that he walked out not only an innocent man but also a strong one Lesson two There are miraculous stores of strength inside usRonald’s innocence stunned Jennifer the real rapist was found and tested her courage in an entirely different manner than had the rape Despite her profound guilt at knowing she’d wrongfully identified her rapist and taken eleven years family love work and all else from this man she found the guts to meet with him And despite eleven grinding wasted years in jail time served for a crime he’d never committed he found the valor to say yes seeking closure and offering forgivenessJennifer and Ronald eventually went on to work together for judicial reform They speak out together addressing the issues that kept Ronald in jail More amazing they became true friendsI closed this book sorry for the ordeal Jennifer and Ronald suffered but grateful they had the wisdom and grace to offer themselves to us through this memoir through speaking out and through their example of true goodness Lesson three Buy this bookLesson four Read this book

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Picking Cotton Our Memoir of Injustice and RedemptionUnlikely friendship that changed both of their livesIn their own words Jennifer and Ronald unfold the harrowing details of their tragedy and challenge our ideas of memory and judgment while demonstrating the profound nature of human grace and the healing power of forgivenes. So a while ago there was an interesting 60 minute show about this report of trauma and mistake in identity I found it intriguing how this woman could be so brave as to try and memorize her rapist's face but her mind may have had so much trauma that her mind blocked some of the memory As a result as she was trying to pick the culprit from a line up many new points and improvements for line ups in general were madeI'm intrigued and so I hope to see how this story is told

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review Picking Cotton Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption 103 Ö Jennifer Thompson was raped at knifepoint by a man who broke into her apartment while she slept She was able to escape and eventually positively identified Ronald Cotton as her attacker Ronald insisted that she was mistaken but Jennifer's positive identificatioJennifer Thompson was raped at knifepoint by a man who broke into her apartment while she slept She was able to escape and eventually positively identified Ronald Cotton as her attacker Ronald insisted that she was mistaken but Jennifer's positive identification was the comp. Such a good story I highly recommend Jennifer Thompson was raped at knifepoint by a man who broke into her apartment while she slept She was able to escape and eventually positively identified Ronald Cotton as her attacker Ronald insisted that she was mistaken but Jennifer's positive identification was the compelling evidence that put him behind bars After eleven years Ronald was allowed to take a DNA test that proved his innocence He was released after serving than a decade in prison for a crime he never committed Two years later Jennifer and Ronald met face to face and forged an unlikely friendship that changed both of their lives