Have you heard about this? In 1999, Alice Sebold wrote a book called 'Lucky'. It became a best seller, and she made big money from that book.
Film rights to that movie were picked up, but as the script was being written, it became evident to the executive producer, Timothy Mucciante, that there were some real holes in the story, things that simply did not add up.
These discrepancies so troubled him that he left the production altogether and paid a private investigator to look into it.
In the end, Anthony Broadwater, the accused rapist, was exonerated.
8 days later, Sebold issued an apology to him.
I don't want to rush to blame the victim. What happened to Sebold was traumatic and her lapses can be forgiven, in my opinion. It is more a problem that once Broadwater's name was in it, the police did not let go of it. Despite compelling evidence to the contrary, he was sent to prison for 16 years, and we need to look at the fact that the police's 'gut feelings' are sometimes wrong.
The work of the Innocence Project confirms that.
I guess my questions move along a different path. If I wrote that book, if I made millions, what part of it would I owe to Anthony Broadwater? In the 24 years that he has been out of prison, he has been on a list of violent sexual offenders, working menial jobs to get by.
Personally, I think that I would owe a big chunk of that change to him. I would want to improve his life, atone for the mistakes made, even if I did not feel that I was responsible for those mistakes. In my mind, the atonement would not be a legal decision. It would be a moral one. It also be my own decision, not the decision of a court.
What about you?