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FRONTLINE; What Jennifer Saw

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What Jennifer Saw
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Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

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Identified by the victim, Ronald Cotton spent eleven years in prison for rape. But in 1995, DNA evidence proved that Cotton could not have been the attacker. With unprecedented access to the central figures in the investigation, confidential police reports and legal files, FRONTLINE delves into the Cotton case, examining the reliability of eyewitness identification and the implications of DNA evidence for the American justice system. In an exclusive interview, Jennifer Thompson tells the story of her brutal rape and how, twelve years later, she must confront the consequences of her mistaken identification.



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Public Affairs
Chicago: “FRONTLINE; What Jennifer Saw,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 25, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_332BA44DA3904274B31400C5C05551A5.
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APA: FRONTLINE; What Jennifer Saw. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_332BA44DA3904274B31400C5C05551A5
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