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Concordia Presents an Evening with Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton

New York Times Best-Selling Authors Tell Story of Truth, Justice and Redemption

New York Times best-selling authors Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton will be speaking at Concordia University, St. Paul about their book Picking Cotton on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m., in the Buetow Music Center Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

In 1984, college student Thompson-Cannino was raped at knifepoint by a man who broke into her apartment. After working with the police, she identified Cotton, who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. After 11 years he was able to take a DNA test that proved his innocence and he was released. Two years later, they met and formed a friendship that changed both of their lives.

Today, Thompson-Cannino and Cotton travel the country, speaking out in favor of DNA testing and working to protect the wrongfully convicted by sharing their personal stories of hope and redemption.

CSP's Book of the Year, the New York Times Bestseller Picking Cotton tells the story of crime, punishment, exoneration, reconciliation and forgiveness in their own words.

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