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Jennifer Thompson-Cannino
Ronald Cotton
Erin Torneo

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See Jennifer's new organization, Healing Justice, which she created in 2015 to help address the extensive human damage caused by wrongful convictions. Healing Justice hopes to promote restorative justice principles in wrongful conviction cases, assist with the provision of services to individuals harmed by wrongful convictions, and create opportunities to unify the diverse voices of those harmed in order to prevent future wrongful convictions.

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February 25, 2016 | NC Press Association
Jennifer is named the "North Carolinian of the Year" at the annual awards ceremony of the NC Press Association on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill. Click here to read a story on the event by Annette Jordan in the Asheville (NC) Courier-Tribune. Click here to see a list of previous winners of the award.

February 22-23, 2016 | Washington DC,
Jennifer and Healing Justice help to organize and then participate in two days of "listening sessions" at the US Department of Justice Office of Victims of Crime where survivors of crimes and those exonerated from wrongful convictions explain how the system failed them. For the first time, a US Assistant Attoney General says: "On behalf of the United States government, I apologize to you."

June 5, 2015 | BBC Radio
Jennifer participates in a round-table discussion about the future of the death penalty on BBC Newshour. Listen to the podcast here (41 minutes).

May / June 2015 | Sheriff Magazine
Jennifer and Sheriff Gary Raney (Ada County, ID) publish Eyewitness ID - The Importance of Getting it Right in Sheriff Magazine.

May 2015 | Chapel Hill, NC
Jennifer creates a new organization, HealingJustice, designed to help all those harmed by wrongful convictions.

April 21, 2015 | Washington DC
Jennifer and Ron receive the Special Courage Award from Attorney General Eric Holder. The award is sponsored by the Office of Victims of Crime (OVC) of the US Department of Justice. Search for Jennifer's name at the OVC web site in order to see the tribute video.

April 16, 2015 | Tallahassee, FL
Jennifer receives the 2015 Frank Lee Smith Innocence Award from the Innocence project of Florida, Inc.

February 21, 2015 | Elon, NC
Jennifer presents at the Elon University TedX event: And Then the World Changed Me

October 26, 2014
Harm multiplies when the innocent are wrongly convicted, by Jennifer Thompson, The Hill.

October 6, 2014
System fails college students who are raped, by Jennifer Thompson, Chapel Hill News.

September 26, 2014
Jennifer and Ron receive the Beacon of Justice Award from the Oklahoma Innocence Project

July 16, 2014
Jennifer receives the Champion of Justice award at the 7th annual award luncheon from the Mid Atlantic Innocence Project, in Washington DC

April 11, 2014
Jennifer is awarded the Champion of Justice award at the National Conference of the Innocence Network, in Portland OR. Click here to read an article about that, from OregonLive.com.

February 12, 2014
Jennifer testifies on eyewitness ID reform legislation being considered by the Georgia state legislature.

January 16, 2014
Jennifer testifies on eyewitness ID reform legislation being considered by the Vermont state legislature.

June 10-13, 2013
Jennifer is featured on NPR's The Story in their investigation of After Innocence: Exoneration in Amercia

February 14, 2013
Jennifer and Ronald appear on The New Ricki Lake Show.

January 2013
Jennifer and Ronald's story is profiled as a pilot for the new TV series "I Didn't Do It" on the Discovery ID channel.

September 2012
Jennifer and Ronald are profiled, along with other exonerees, in Ebony magazine.

2011
Jennifer wins the Courageous Truth Award from Innocence Matters, Los Angeles, CA.

April 2009
Picking Cotton on the Indie Next List.

March 29, 2009
Picking Cotton debuts on the New York Times Best Seller List

March 16, 2009
Jennifer and Ron appear on Fox News.

March 10, 2009
Jennifer and Ron appear on The Today Show.

March 9, 2009
Jennifer and Ron discuss the book on NPR's
The Diane Rehm Show.

March 8, 2009
Jennifer and Ron appear on 60 Minutes.

March 6, 2009
People Magazine's 3/9/09 issue hits stands, featuring an interview with the authors.

March 5, 2009 
Jennifer and Ron contribute an essay to NPR's "This I Believe."

January 14, 2009
USA Today selects Picking Cotton as a great Spring read.

2005
Jennifer and Ron's stroy is featured, with others, in the powerful documentary film directed by Jessica Sanders, After Innocence, winner of a Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize.

June 1, 2000
Jennifer's op ed, "I Was Certain, but I Was Wrong" is published in the New York Times.

February 25, 1997
What Jennifer Saw, a 60 minute documentary about contaminated memory, airs for the first time on Frontline.

 

June 27-29, 2016 | New Haven, CT
Jennifer gives the keynote address on the campus of Yale University as part of the Eyewitness Identification National Symposium.

May 11, 2016 | Raleigh, NC
Jennifer speaks on the campus of NC State University to the International Association for Identification.

April 20, 2016 | Queens, NY
Jennifer speaks at Queensboro Community College as part of their common read program.

April 18, 2016 | Chapel Hill, NC
Jennifer and Ron speak in the distinguished lecture series on Race, Innocence, and the End of the Death Penalty on campus at UNC-CH, along with Rich Rosen, one of Ron's former attoneys, and Mike Gauldin, the police detective who investigated the case at the time.

March 2, 2016 | Frankfort, KY
Jennifer testifies for eyewitness reform at the Kentucky legislature.

February 10, 2016 | Boston, MA
Jennifer testifies for eyewitness reform at the Massachusetts legislature.

February 5, 2016 | Chapel Hill, NC
Jennifer and Ron present to the Orange County Bar Association.

October 13-14, 2015 | Southern Pines, NC
Jennifer presents the annual Kenelm lecture at Campbell University.

October 12, 2015 | Pembroke, NC
Jennifer and Ron speak at the University of North Carolina - Pembroke.

October 8, 2015 | Lexington, KY
Jennifer and Ron speak at the University of Kentucky as part of its common read program.

October 6, 2015 | Cleveland, OH
Jennifer speaks at Cleveland State University College of Law.

September 24, 2015 | Grand Haven, MI
Jennifer and Ron speak at Lakeshore Middle School in Grand Haven as part of a community fund-raiser sponsored by Humanity for Prisoners.

September 19, 2015 | Cape Cod, MA
Jennifer receives the Savage Award from the New England Innocence Project

May 14, 2015 | Portland, OR
Jennifer speaks at the annual fundraiser for the Oregon Innocence Project.

May 13, 2015 | Salem, OR
Jennifer speaks at a conference hosed by the Oregon Chiefs of Police.

May 1-2, 2015 | Orlando, FL
Jennifer participates in the national Innocence Network Conference.

April 7, 2015 | Bloomington / Normal IL
Jennifer and Ron speak at Illinois State University.

March 24, 2015 | Aston, PA
Jennifer speaks at Neumann University.

March 10-11, 2015 | Racine, WI
Jennifer speaks at the Wisconsin Association of Women Police's conference on: Investigations: Getting it Right.

March 2, 2015 | Cullowhee, NC
Jennifer and Ron speak at Western Carolina University.

February 21, 2015 | Elon, NC
Jennifer presents at the Elon University TEDX event.

December 10, 2014 | Sacremento, CA
Jennifer and Ron speak at the Sutter Club to the University of the Pacific.

November 12, 2014 | Atlanta, GA
Jennifer and Ron speak at Georgia Perimeter College.

November 6, 2014 | Minneapolis, MN
Jennifer speaks at the Minnesota Innocence Project Gala.

October 26-27, 2014 | Orlando, FL
Jennifer delivers a keynote address to the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

October 23, 2014 | San Francisco, CA
Jennifer and Ron speak at the Defense Research Institute.

October 22, 2014 | Rohnert Park, CA
Jennifer and Ron speak at the California Association of Criminalists Seminar.

October 18, 2014 | Thomasville, GA
Jennifer and Ron speak at the Thomas County Library.

September 26, 2014 | Oklahoma City, OK
Jennifer and Ron receive the Beacon of Justice Award from the Oklahoma Innocence Project.

September 25, 2014 | Los Angeles, CA
Jennifer delivers a keynote address at the Courageous Truth Awards celebration at Innocence Matters.

September 24, 2014 | Washington, DC
Jennifer participates in Roundtable on Serving Original Victims in Cases of Wrongful Convictions sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime.

September 8, 2014 | Ocean City MD
Jennifer speaks to the Maryland Chiefs of Police & Sheriffs Association 53rd Annual Training Seminar.

July 25, 2014 | Boise, ID
Jennifer speaks on eyewitness reform to the Idaho Criminal Justice Commission.

July 22, 2014 | Scottsdale, AZ
Jennifer and Ron speak at the National Black Prosecutors Association.

July 12, 2014 | Cambridge, MA
Jennifer and Ron speak to the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

June 28, 2014 | Rhinebeck, NY
Jennifer and Ron speak at the Omega Institute.

April 15, 2014 | Big Rapids, MI
Jennifer and Ron speak at Ferris State University.

April 3, 2014 | Carpinteria, CA
Jennifer and Ron speak at the Cate School.

April 2, 2014 | Platteville, WI
Jennifer and Ron speak at the University of Wisconsin, Platteville.

March 25, 2014 | Jacksonville, FL
Jennifer and Ron speak at Florida State College, Jacksonville.

December 13, 2013 | San Francisco CA
Jennifer and Ron speak to the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California.

December 4, 2013 | Geneseo, NY
Jennifer and Ron speak SUNY-Geneseo.

November 14, 2013 | Mount Olive, NC
Jennifer and Ron speak Mount Olive College.

September 17, 2013 | Hamilton OH
Jennifer and Ron speak at Miami University, Hamilton Campus.

May 7, 2013 | Lebanon, PA
Jennifer and Ronald speak at Beth Israel Synagogue.

February 27, 2013 | Elon, NC
Jennifer and Ronald speak at Elon University.

February 19-20, 2013 | St Paul, MN
Jennifer and Ronald speak at Concordia College. This event includes an event open to the public on Febuary 19th, 7pm, in the Buetow Music Auditorium on the Concordia College campus.

February 11, 2013 | Chapel Hill, NC
Jennifer and Ronald speak at the UNC Law School Innocence Project.

January 29, 2013 | Walla Walla, WA
Jennifer and Ronald speak at Walla Walla University.

November 14, 2012 | Novi, MI
Jennifer speaks at the Novi Public Library.

November 6-7, 2012 | Madrid, Spain
Jennifer and Ronald speak at El Ser Creativo.

October 23, 2012 | Dayton, OH
Jennifer speaks at the Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice.

October 19, 2012 | Fayetteville, AR
Jennifer and Ronald speak to the Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

October 12, 2012 | New Orleans, LA
Jennifer and Ronald speak at Tulane University Law School.

October 2, 2012 | Ruston, LA
Jennifer and Ronald speak at the Howard Center for Performing Arts, Louisiana Tech University.

September 24, 2012 | Boise, ID
Jennifer and Ronald speak at the Idaho State Judiciary Conference.

September 21, 2012 | Stockholm, Sweden
Jennifer and Ronald appear on the Swedish TV show Skavlan to discuss their book. (They appear about 38 minutes into the show.)

September 11, 2012 | Boson, MA
Jennifer and Ronald speak at Wheelock College.

August 23, 2012 | Salisbury, MD
Jennifer and Ronald speak at Salisbury University.

August 22, 2012 | Alexandria, VA
Jennifer gives keynote address at the National Summit on Wrongful Convictions, US Department of Justice.

July 29, 2012 | Charleston, SC
Jennifer speaks to the National Conference of Appellate Court Clerks.

June 6, 2012 | Albequerque, NM
Jennifer and Ron speak at the University of New Mexico.

June 3, 2012 | Sandestin, FL
Jennifer and Ronald speak to the Louisiana Bar Association.

May 18, 2012 | Greensboro, NC
Jennifer speaks to the Junior League of Greensboro.

May 10, 2012 | New Oxford, PA
Jennifer speaks to the Hanover Area Management Association.

May 4, 2012 | Erie, PA
Jennifer and Ronald speak to the Erie County Bar Association.

May 2, 2012 | New Orleans, LA
Jennifer speaks at the 11th anniversary gala of the New Orleans Innocence Project.

April 27, 2012 | Indian Wells, CA
Jennifer and Ronald speak to the California Judges Association.

April 24, 2012 | Elizabeth City, NC
Jennifer and Ronald speak at College of The Albemarle.

April 11, 2012 | Storrs, CT
Jennifer speaks at the University of Connecticut.

April 3, 2012 | North Platte, NE
Jennifer speaks at the Town Hall of North Platte.

March 30, 2012 | Northfield, MN
Jennifer speaks at Carleton College.

March 27, 2012 | Liberty, MO
Jennifer speaks at William Jewell College.

January 26, 2012 | Collegedale, TN
Jennifer and Ronald speak at Southern Adventist University.

November 12, 2011 | Puebla, Mexico
La Ciudad de las Ideas

October 14, 2011 | Toledo, OH
Jennifer and Ronald speak at the Toledo Bar Association.

October 4, 2011 | East Carolina University,
Greenville, NC

Jennifer and Ronald speak at Common Read.

June 15, 2011 | Lexington, KY
Jennifer and Ronald speak at the Kentucky Bar Association's 2011 Annual Convention.

May 6, 2011 | West Palm Beach, FL
Jennifer and Ronald speak at the Palm Beach County Bar Association's Annual Law Day Luncheon.

May 3, 2011 | Wichita, KA
Jennifer and Ronald speak at the Wichita Bar Association's Annual Law Day Event.

April 20, 2011 | University of Maryland, Rockville, MD
Jennifer makes a presentation to the University of Maryland's Crimonology and Criminal Justice Class.

April 13, 2011 | Atlanta, GA
Jennifer speaks at United States Courts.

March 22, 2011 | Siena Heights University, Adrian, MI
Jennifer speaks at Siena Heights University.

March 2, 2011 | Bryant University, Smithfield, RI
Jennifer speaks at the Student Art & Speaker Series.

November 17-18, 2010 | Tulsa, OK
Oklahoma Bar Association.

November 9, 2010 | Raleigh , NC
Jennifer speaks at the North Carolina Governors Conference for Women.

October 1, 2010 | University of Texas, Austin, TX
Jennifer and Ronald speak and sign books at the Texas Civil Rights Project's 20th Annual Bill of Rights Dinner.

July 26, 2010 | Boston, MA
Jennifer speaks and signs books at the New England Innocence Project.

July 16, 2010 | Philadelphia, PA
Jennifer and Ronald speak at the National Conference for Child US Probation and Pretrial Services.

June 24th, 2010 | Alerus Center, Grand Forks, ND
Jennifer speaks and signs books at the North Dakota Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents.

June 18, 2010 | Seven Springs Mountain Resorts, Champion, PA
Ronald and Jennifer speak and sign books at the Allegheny Bar Association.

June 14, 2011 | Cincinnati, Ohio
Jennifer speaks and signs books at the Mercantile Library.

May 18, 2010 | Baltimore, Maryland
Jennifer and Ronald speak and sign books at "A Celebration of Reading," benefiting the Maryland Initiative of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

May 16, 2010 | Washington D.C
Jennifer and Ronald speak at the National Cathedral.

April 8, 2010 | Greensboro, NC
Jennifer speaks and signs books at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

March 15, 2010 | Ewing , NJ
Jennifer and Ronald speak and sign books at the College of New Jersey.

February 22, 2010 | Germantown, PA
Jennifer and Ron speak at the Germantown Academy.

February 6, 2010 | Savannah, GA
Jennifer and Ron speak and sign books at the Savannah Book Festival.

December 4, 2009 | Indianapolis, IN
Jennifer and Ron speak at the Indiana Legal Services Conference.

November 19, 2009 | Charlotte, NC
Jennifer and Ron present at the Charlotte Bar Association.

November 12, 2009 | Charlotte, NC
Jennifer speaks at Charlotte Country Day school.

November 6, 2009 | Greensboro, NC
Jennifer speaks and signs books at the Women's Entrepreneur Conference at Barnes and Nobles in the Friendly Shopping Center.

October 27, 2009 | Kansas City, MO
Jennifer and Ron present at the Midwestern Innocence Project.

October 26, 2009 | Cleveland, OH
Jennifer and Ron present at lunch time for the Federal Public Defenders conference at the public library in Cleveland, Ohio.

October 25, 2009 | St. Paul, MN
Jennifer and Ron speak and sign books at the Opus and Clive event.

Sept 17, 2009 | Cincinnati, OH
Jennifer and Ron speak for the Ohio Innocence Project.

Sept. 13, 2009 | Chapel Hill, NC
Jennifer and Ron discuss and sign the book at the North Carolina Literary Festival.

Sept. 12, 2009 | Winston-Salem, NC
Jennifer and Ron sign books at Bookmarks Book Festival.

May 4, 2009 | Charlottesville, VA
Jennifer and Ron at the Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia.

April 25, 2009 | 10:30 AM | New York, NY
Erin is a panelist at the 38th Annual American Society of Journalists & Authors Conference.

April 20-23, 2009 | Washington State
Jennifer and Ron speak at various locations in Washington for the Integrity of Justice Project, sponsored by the Gates Foundation and the University of Washington.

April 17, 2009 | Corte Madera, CA
Jennifer signs books at Book Passage.

April 16, 2009 | San Francisco, CA
Jennifer is the keynote speaker at the Northern California Innocence Project Justice For All Awards Dinner.

April 7, 2009 | Philadelphia, PA
Jennifer speaks at a reception celebrating the formation of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project.

March 21, 2009 | Houston, TX
Jennifer and Ron are the keynote address speakers at the Innocence Network Conference at South Texas College of Law.

February 3, 2009 | Carroll College
Jennifer speaks on behalf of the Montana Abolition Coalition.

February 2, 2009 | Helena, MT
Jennifer speaks at the Montana Club.

January 22, 2009 | Palm Harbor, FL
Jennifer and Ron speak at the National Institute of Justice's Postconviction DNA Case Management Symposium.