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Conviction, Movie, 2010 IMDB

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2011-03-06 07:23

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jpts AU

2015-10-14 14:33

This film was about Betty Anne Waters and her fight to have her wrongfully convicted brother released from prison.

Betty Anne's brother; Kenneth was wrongfully convicted on the 11th May 1983 for the murder of Katharina Brow who was found murdered in her house in the small town of Ayer, Massachusetts on the morning of the 21st May 1980.

After Water's conviction, his sister; Betty Anne went through law school and decided to take her brother's case and fight to have his conviction overturn and found out from Brenda Marsh; Water's ex-wife that her boyfriend; Robert Osborne had alleged that the police offered him money if he implicated Waters in the murder and she also stated that police threaten to charge her as a accessory and have her kids taken away if she didn't back up her boyfriend's story.

Another witness who confirm this was Roseanna Perry; Water's former girlfriend.

In her statement that she gave to Betty Anne, Perry stated that police had also threaten to charge her as a accessory.

With these statements and the DNA results excluding Waters from the crime scene, Kenneth Waters was released from prison and was exonerated on the 15th March 2001 and later died on the 19th September 2001 from injuries sustain from a fall.

In 2009, Betty Anne filed a civil suit on the behalf of the estate of Kenny Waters against the city of Ayer and the Ayer Police Department for wrongful imprisonment and was settled out of court.

To this day, the real killer of Katharina Brow is still out there and the Ayer Police still believes that Kenny Waters was involved but this time, the Ayer Police claims that he had an accomplice who did the actual killing who was never identified nor caught.

Due to the Massachusetts' statue of limitation, the cops who were allegedly involved in paying or threating the witnesses to set up Kenneth Waters for the murder were never demoted, dismissed, charged nor convicted for this unethical conduct.

The children of Katharina Brow had criticized the film make and Hillary Swank for not consulting them on the portrayal of their mother, while Martha Coakley who at the time of Waters' exoneration was the District Attorney for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts had said the film was good but had a few legal inaccuracies including the portrayal of the way she handled the Waters' case.

-- Last edit: 2016-02-05 14:41:46

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