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Posted by David Logan
10/02/2012 at 05:03 PM
One of the sad facts about the American criminal justice system is that despite substantial constitutional protections, innocent people are convicted of serious crimes and sentenced to long jail terms (and, most distressingly, the “ultimate sanction” — the death penalty).  The Innocence Project has been pushing back on this front for two decades, and the story of one of those wrongful convictions is manifest in the amazing journey of our own Betty Anne Waters (RWU Law ’98), who went to college and law school (at RWU) with the single goal of...
Posted by David Logan
11/18/2011 at 10:45 AM
RWU law is proud of all of its graduates, but there is a special place in our heart for Betty Anne Waters (’98), whose amazing legal journey was the basis for the 2010 movie Conviction. A single Mom with a high school GED, Betty Anne went to community college, then college, and then (RWU) law school, and passed the bar with a single goal in mind: freeing her brother Kenny who was serving a life sentence for murder. Betty Anne’s passion and resourcefulness were rewarded when Kenny was freed through work with the Innocence Project. Last year Fox Searchlight released a movie on Betty Anne's...
Posted by David Logan
10/27/2010 at 01:35 PM
While much of the state was focused on the last-minute visit of President Obama, the RWU Law community was celebrating a very special Rhode Island Advance Screening of the new Fox Searchlight motion picture “Conviction” - the amazing true story of alumna Betty Anne Waters '98 and her efforts to free her wrongfully convicted brother from prison. The film goes into wide distribution this Friday, Oct. 29. Just before the screening, RWU Law sponsored a fundraiser for The Innocence Project, the organization that helped Betty Anne (and hundreds of other families) to win freedom for...
Posted by David Logan
10/15/2010 at 02:30 PM
We have received word that RWU Law, in conjunction with Rhode Island Film and TV Office, will host an exclusive Rhode Island advance screening of the major Hollywood movie, “Conviction,” on Monday, October 25, 2010. The law school will also be holding a fundraiser that evening, with all proceeds going to the Innocence Project, who worked with Betty Anne (RWU Law 1998) to win her brother’s release from prison. We will announce more details soon, including how the limited number of available tickets will be distributed and details about the pre-screening fundraiser. Law Students: We are...
Posted by David Logan
09/21/2010 at 12:00 AM
The RWU Law community eagerly anticipates the release of Conviction, a major Hollywood film about our own Betty Anne Waters (’98), and her remarkable - and successful - effort to free her brother, wrongly convicted of homicide. Betty Anne came to Roger Williams with this singular purpose, and was in the vanguard of the efforts of the then fledgling Innocence Project to use DNA evidence for exoneration. There is a star-studded cast led by Hilary Swank, who has won 2 Oscars for Best Actress, playing Betty Anne.  Watch the interview of Betty Anne and Hilary at the recent screening of the...