a firm belief in rape Alice Sebald, the award-winning author of “The Lovely Bones,” has been overturned after 40 years by prosecutors over serious errors, officials said.
Anthony Broadwater, 61, was cleared Monday by New York Supreme Court Justice Gordon Cuffy of charges that he assaulted Seybold when she was a first-year student at Syracuse University in 1981. Sebald, now 58, wrote about the attack in his 1999 memoir, “Lucky.”
Sebold chose another man, not Broadwater, in the police lineup after the attack, but later identified Broadwater as his assailant at the witness stand.
She wrote in “Lucky” that Broadwater and the other man in the lineup looked “almost identical” and feared that a defense attorney would take advantage of the illusion of a white woman over two black men.
Broadwater spent 16 years in prison and was on New York’s sex offender registry since his release in 1999. Now he will be removed from that list.
Broadwater dropped his head in his hands and wept when the judge cleared it. (Watch the video above.) “I never thought I would see the day I would be acquitted,” he said after the hearing.
“I have gone crying tears of joy and relief the past few days,” Broadwater told the Associated Press the next day. “I’m so excited, even the cold can’t keep me cool.”
He told The New York Times: “I just hope and pray that maybe Ms Sebold will come forward and say, ‘hey i made a big mistake,’ and I’m sorry. “I sympathize with her. But she was wrong.”
Broadwater described the loss of the sentence on his life even after his release from prison. He Refusing to have children because of stigma About the punishment, he told the Syracuse Post-Standard.
At his hearing, Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick called Broadwater’s conviction an injustice.
“I’m not going to spoil the proceedings by saying ‘I’m sorry,'” Fitzpatrick said. “It doesn’t cut it. It should never have happened.”
Broadwater was convicted largely because of Sebald’s identity and because an expert witness testified that microscopic hair analysis had linked him to rape. The validity of that kind of analysis has since been waived by the Justice Department. This was the only alleged forensic link to the crime.
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Executive producer Tim Mukiante began to question the conviction as he looked at the script and Sebold’s memoir. He eventually left the project and hired a private detective In an investigation that ended in Fitzpatrick’s office. It is not yet clear what will happen to the film.
Sebold, who lives in San Francisco, could not be reached for comment.
His most notable novel, “The Lovely Bones”, is about the rape and murder of a teenage girl. was a bestseller made into a movie in 2009.