There is already a great deal of Oscar buzz about Swank's portrayal of Betty Anne Waters' eighteen year struggle against the injustice suffered by her brother. But such instances of injustice need to be a larger part of the real-life public discussion as well.
As we countdown the top stories of 2009, for a small group of Americans there's no top-100 list, top-20 or top-10 list. For these few dozen Americans there's only one story worth recapping: their exoneration.
I've seen police lie to children in all manner of ways, telling one child that his dead sister's blood was found in his bedroom and a different boy that his father had awakened from a coma and told police the boy was his assailant.