Panel Explores Death Penalty and Wrongful Convictions
A panel at Wake Forest explored the death penalty in the context of a criminal justice system that produces wrongful convictions. Panelists included Darryll Hunt, who served many years for a rape he didn't commit, and Jennifer Cannino, whose mistaken identification sent Ronald Cotton to prison for 11 years.
For a while friends convinced Cannino that she did not owe Cotton an apology. They would tell her Cotton, who had had run-ins with the law before his wrongful conviction, may have ended up with a longer and better life in prison. ...
After PBS' "Frontline" featured Cotton's story on a 1997 episode, Cannino and Cotton finally met. Cotton held no grudge against her and they became what she described as "beyond what I could actually call a friend." ... "He literally is the person who taught me on that afternoon in 1997 about forgiveness, about mercy, about grace," said Cannino.
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