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NY: Author Alice Sebold apologizes to man cleared in 1981 rape

Source: 11/30/21

Author Alice Sebold publicly apologized Tuesday to the man who was exonerated last week in the 1981 rape that was the basis for her memoir “Lucky” and said she was struggling with the role she played “within a system that sent an innocent man to jail.”

Anthony Broadwater, 61, was convicted in 1982 of raping Sebold when she was a student at Syracuse University. He served 16 years in prison. His conviction was overturned Nov. 22 after prosecutors reexamined the case and determined there were serious flaws in his arrest and trial.

In a statement released to The Associated Press and later posted on Medium, Sebold, the author of the novels “The Lovely Bones” and “The Almost Moon,” wrote to Broadwater that she was truly sorry for what he’d been through.

“I am sorry most of all for the fact that the life you could have led was unjustly robbed from you, and I know that no apology can change what happened to you and never will,” she wrote.

She wrote that “as a traumatized 18-year-old rape victim, I chose to put my faith in the American legal system. My goal in 1982 was justice — not to perpetuate injustice. And certainly not to forever, and irreparably, alter a young man’s life by the very crime that had altered mine.”

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Although her apology cannot undo the significant harm experienced by Anthony Broadwater, I think it was a meaningful gesture for Alice Sebold to apologize. An even more meaningful gesture would be to share the royalties she received from writing and publishing her book.

I think the odds of that are pretty slim. And she’ll probably write another book about it.

Pretty sure New York has a procedure to compensate individuals wrongfully convicted. Hopefully it won’t take 10 years for Broadwater to collect on that.

Can proper justice ever be bought? Sure seems America puts a price on everything. Her apologies are real but as an 18yr. old rape victim her perception of reality was distorted. Distortion of perception is an inherent aspect of cognitive victim’s stance. It is a way justify action. Every human who attacks another human believes themselves a victim of some sort or form.

I’ve little doubt he was convicted by a jury, as men who know damn well they’re not guilty of sexualized assault demand trial because they want all ( or more) evidence available to be brought to light. It is those who plea out who hide the extents of their wrong doing. innocent people want the complaints in the public eye at the trial process and will acknowledged the right of victim to be heard!


Wrongful convictions have been going on for a long time.
wrongful convictions blog
Innocence Project:
IMO, this is the direct result of electing former prosecutors who for the most part have made their reputation from convicting the factually guilty. Once elected the rules of evidence are interpreted to advance administrative conservatory vested in state power. That trend was affirmed in Smith v Doe; the states first application of the ubiquitous gov database to lawfully but w\o due process indenture citizens, and by making their soverignty subservient to the upkeep of gov machine property.
Either free man is paid for machine maintenance or they are not. Men are free to do so by their own volition or they are not. Do humans use Twitter or does Twitter use human. Twitter will use your popularity then dump you like a hot potato. Gov will keep you for life.

And in the meantime, every police officer, detective, criminalist, and braggadocious self-righteous arrogant know-it-all government attorney that played a part in this trainwreck of a prosecution (and let’s not forget the judge who let this happen)…they ALL turn their heads, close their eyes, put their fingers in their ears, etc. and remain totally unaccountable for destroying a man’s life. Do we EVER hear any apologies from ANY of them on cases such as this? Any of them on any registry for this crime (and this WAS a crime in my book)? Any govt. lawyer get dis-barred as a result? But forget to give a phone number when registering, and these same people will make sure you get nine years in prison.

Yeah, the woman is a real hero for apologizing. I’m sure Mr. Broadwater feels so much better now.

Amazing how accountability is rare upon prosecutors guilty of wrongful conviction. The case against America’s Dad, pretty much describes the conflict in rules of evidence use*. Again “use” is the keyword. Naturally that case is being appealed to the higher court. As it stands now the prosecution was guilty of cheating. Go figure.

Apologize with a check for a certain amount containing zeros is sufficient. She should write a book with him on mistaken identification on her part, being falsely accused of a crime resulting in a conviction, being placed on the registry and what life is like, and educating the public.

Great Idea , the book she could write would turn a negative into a positive for others on down the road , can’t fix the wrong but could help give him the best vacation for the rest of his life , the courts are the issue for the most part and the big LE push that choose to educate the public as they see fit so it is impossible to get a impartial jury

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