Tampa, Florida 2021-11-26 15:15:24 –
The conviction of 39-year-old rape at the heart of the memoirs by award-winning writer Alice Sebold was overturned after authorities determined it was a serious flaw in the prosecution.
Anthony Broadwater was granted by a judge in Onondaga County, New York, for raping Seabold on Monday when he was a student at Syracuse University.
Sebald wrote about rape in his 1999 memoir “Lucky”.
NS Syracuse Post Standard When the judge officially cleared Broadwater, he reported feeling emotionally shivering and sobbing when his head fell into his hand.
In an interview with Associated Press“We have been weeping joy and relief for the past few days,” Broadwater said.
The 61-year-old added, “I’m so uplifted that I can’t even get cold in the cold.”
Broadwater said he didn’t expect the day to be exonerated.
According to the press, Sebald was unable to identify Broadwater in the police lineup after he was arrested.
AP reported that the author chose another man as the attacker.
Nonetheless, AP reported that Broadwater was tried and convicted after Sebald identified him as a rapist while at the witness stand.
Experts testified that microscopic hair analysis linked Broadwater to crime, but the Justice Department has since considered that type of analysis “junk science,” the press reported.
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