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Fall Speaker Series: Part I

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Jennifer Thompson will share her unforgettable story of crime, mistaken identification, innocence and redemption. Please join us to hear her presentation The Cascading Consequences of Wrongful Conviction.


In 1984, Jennifer Thompson was a 22-year-old college student when a man broke into her apartment and committed a violent crime against her.

During the ordeal she made every effort to memorize the identifying features of her assailant. She was able to escape, and she was certain she was correct when she identified Ronald Cotton as her attacker.

She testified against him at trial, after which he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

In 1995, DNA testing proved that the true perpetrator was not Cotton, but a serial rapist who bore a strong resemblance to him.

Two years after Cotton’s release, he and Thompson met, forging an unlikely friendship that changed both their lives.

Thursday, September 22, 2016
6:00 PM
The UNM School of Law

Q&A, speaker reception and book signing to follow

Free and open to the public—Parking is free in the Law School “L” parking lot after 4:00 p.m.

You are strongly encouraged to register in advance!

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Thompson has been featured in the New York Times, CBS 60 Minutes, PBS Frontline, Slate, the Huffington Post and dozens more print, online and broadcast media. She is co-author of the New York Times bestseller Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice & Redemption, available at the presentation.


Jennifer Thompson Book

Purchase Jennifer Thompson's Book

New York Times Bestseller

Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice & Redemption

Jennifer Thompson and Ronald Cotton’s tell their story of what happens when the system fails both the victim and the accused. Book available at Thompson’s talk!


Please also join us on Thursday, November 10 to hear Anthony Ray Hinton, exonerated after 30 years of wrongful imprisonment on death row.


Series made possible through the generous support of the Lannan Foundation.

This event is being presented in conjunction with Lobo Living Room and is the 2016 Law School Lobo Living Room event