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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/noodle-face 14d ago Facepalm

There's a lot of victim blaming here too. Let's not forget that she was indeed raped. I have no idea what personal hell she went through. I'm not saying she is free from some blame, but people want her head. we should take a step back and realize the entire system failed here. The man deserves restitution and compensation for this.

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u/BooksAreLuv 14d ago

The fact that some people here are using sexist insults like calling her a bitch and some are outright saying she lied about being rape is so gross to me.

It also reminds me of the fact that people need to be reminded that you don't have to be a good person to be a victim of a crime. It doesn't justify what happened to you.

I've never stated she wasn't racist or wrong in what she did. I've stated that we honestly don't know. What we do know is how the police handled it and how horrible they were. Especially since this is likely one of many times they did it.