A conviction within the rape of Alice Sebold, the award-winning creator of “The Beautiful Bones,” has been overturned 40 years later attributable to critical errors by the prosecution, officers mentioned.
Anthony Broadwater, 61, was cleared on Monday by New York Supreme Courtroom Justice Gordon Cuffy of costs that he assaulted Sebold when she was an 18-year-old first-year pupil at Syracuse College in 1981. Sebold, now 58, wrote concerning the assault in her 1999 memoir, “Fortunate.”
Sebold picked out one other man, not Broadwater, in a police lineup after the assault however later recognized Broadwater as her attacker on the witness stand.
She wrote in “Fortunate” that Broadwater and the opposite man within the lineup regarded “virtually similar” and that she feared a protection lawyer would exploit a white lady’s confusion over two Black males.
Broadwater spent 16 years in jail and had been on New York’s intercourse offender registry since his launch in 1999. He’ll now be taken off that listing.
Broadwater dropped his head in his fingers and sobbed when the choose cleared him. (See the video above.) “I by no means, ever thought I might see the day that I might be exonerated,” he mentioned after the listening to.
“I’ve been crying tears of pleasure and aid the final couple of days,” Broadwater advised The Related Press the next day. “I’m so elated, even the chilly can’t hold me chilly.”
He advised The New York Occasions: “I simply hope and pray that possibly Ms. Sebold will come ahead and say, ‘Hey, I made a grave mistake,’ and provides me an apology. “I sympathize together with her. However she was flawed.”
Broadwater recounted the hurt the conviction had on his life, even after his launch from jail. He refused to have kids due to the stigma of the conviction, he advised the Syracuse Publish-Customary.
At his listening to, Onondaga County District Lawyer William Fitzpatrick known as Broadwater’s conviction an injustice.
“I’m not going to sully this continuing by saying ‘I’m sorry,’” mentioned Fitzpatrick. “That doesn’t reduce it. This could by no means have occurred.”
Broadwater was convicted largely due to Sebold’s identification and since an professional witness testified that microscopic hair evaluation had tied him to the rape. The validity of that type of evaluation has since been discounted by the Division of Justice. That was the one purported forensic hyperlink to the crime.
Scrutiny of the case in opposition to Broadwater elevated after “Fortunate” was picked up in 2019 for a Netflix movie.
Government producer Tim Mucciante started questioning the conviction as he pored over the script and Sebold’s memoir. He ultimately dropped the mission and employed a non-public detective in an investigation that ended up in Fitzpatrick’s workplace. It’s unclear what’s going to occur to the movie now.
Sebold, who lives in San Francisco, couldn’t be reached for remark.
Her most notable novel, “The Beautiful Bones,” is concerning the rape and homicide of a teenage lady. The bestseller was made right into a film in 2009.