Woman Becomes An Attorney To Free Her Brother From Prison

When Betty Anne Waters’ brother Kenny was convicted of murder, the then-waitress and high school drop-out was so convinced of his innocence that she did the impossible — she finished school and became a lawyer to overturn his sentence. It was an 18-year struggle, one which was to dominate her life. In 1980, a neighbor was murdered and Kenny was charged. He was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life without parole. Vowing to prove her brother’s innocence, Betty Anne got her GED and then put herself through college and law school. As Kenny’s attorney, she successfully discovered new DNA evidence — a science that had not been available at the time of her brother’s conviction. She successfully had her brother exonerated, and after 18 years in prison, Kenny was finally freed. Betty Anne then spent another seven years tracking down evidence that proved the police knowingly sent the wrong man to prison and filed a civil suit, which she ultimately won. Oddly enough, Betty Anne has never practiced law since, instead choosing to return to work at a local pub.

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

On This Day

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Fact of the Day

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Nature Oddities

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Food and Drink

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