As Thanksgiving approached, I caught up with five of the subjects of my stories in the last year and asked them the same question: What, if anything, are you grateful for? Here is what they said, accompanied by snapshots of their ordeals.
Earlier today, an Oklahoma judge handed a 23-year-old African-American basketball player at Oklahoma State University two one-year suspended sentences for sexually assaulting a pair of Caucasian women at an off-campus party in 2010.
For too long, there has been a code of silence about rape cases. All are understandably concerned about coming forward -- but the truth can be liberating. It's time to speak up, Stillwater. It's not too late for justice.
Darrell Williams, an honors student with an unblemished record, was convicted of a crime that lacked independent witnesses or physical evidence and was based on a notoriously flawed method for identifying suspects.