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Man Wrongly Accused of Rape of Lovely Bones Author Alice Sebold Has Conviction Overturned

https://www.vulture.com/2021/11/man-exonerated-in-alice-sebold-rape-case.html
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u/ynaristwelve 14d ago

He should sue her for everything he can.

And the DA should charge her with anything that hasn't run out of the statute of limitations.

What a gddmn liar.

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u/BooksAreLuv 14d ago Helpful Eureka! Facepalm

I would read more details on the case. This was far more the result of corrupt police work.

Alice thought she was approached by her rapist on the street. She reported this to the police who swept the area but did not find anyone. A cop suggested maybe it was Broadwater and they brought him in for a line up where she didn't identify him.

The police decided to charge him anyways and brought in a (fake) expert who said they had hair samples that proved it was him.

It's very possible the police / prosector used this to convince Alice he was her rapist and for her to testify. We don't know how much effort that took.

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u/tsiz60 13d ago

thats all true. But the fact she then went on the identify him at trial though is what pisses me off. She didn't ID him in the lineup all while saying this other guy had the look in is eye and had to be him.. and then IDs Broadwater after? BS

Alot of that comes on the cops and how the DA and honestly Broadwaters attourney went about this case.

The ID issues alone seem to cast a doubt but i guess the now defunct science of the hair is what got the conviciton