The New Mexico Innocence and Justice Project Fall Speaker Series, in partnership with the UNM Alumni Association Lobo Living Room, presents Jennifer Thompson to share her unforgettable story of crime, mistaken identification, innocence and redemption.

Thompson will present The Cascading Consequences of Wrongful Conviction at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22 at the UNM School of Law. A question and answer session, speaker reception and book signing will follow the presentation.

Thompson has been featured in the New York Times, CBS 60 Minutes, PBS Frontline, Slate, the Huffington Post and dozens more print, online and broadcast media. She is co-author of the New York Times bestseller “Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice & Redemption,” available at the presentation.  

Jennifer Thompson
Jennifer Thompson shares her unique perspective on the impact of wrongful conviction and ideas for healing and reform on Sept. 22 at the UNM Law School.

In 1984, Thompson was a 22-year-old college student when a man broke into her apartment and committed a violent crime against her. During the ordeal she made every effort to memorize the identifying features of her assailant. She was able to escape and she was certain she was correct when she identified Ronald Cotton as her attacker. She testified against him at trial, after which he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

In 1995, DNA testing proved that the true perpetrator was not Cotton, but a serial rapist who bore a strong resemblance to him. Two years after Cotton’s release, he and Thompson met, forging an unlikely friendship that changed both their lives.

This is a free presentation, but a RSVP is strongly encouraged. Thompson’s presentation is Part One of a Three-Part UNM Law School Innocence and Justice Speaker Series made possible through the generous support of the Lannan Foundation.

This event is free and open to the public, and parking is free in the Law School “L” parking lot. RSVPs are strongly encouraged as seating is limited. For more information and to RSVP by Tuesday, Sept. 20, visit the Lobo Living Room website or call 505-277-5808.