In “Lucky,” Sebold wrote that after she failed to identify Broadwater in a police lineup, “a detective and a prosecutor told her after the lineup that she picked out the wrong man and how the prosecutor deliberately coached her into rehabilitating her misidentification,” according to the attorneys’ affirmation that led to Broadwater’s exoneration.
The unreliability of the hair analysis and the conversation between the prosecutor and Sebold after the lineup would probably have led to a different verdict if it had been presented at trial, the attorneys said.
“I am grateful that Mr. Broadwater has finally been vindicated, but the fact remains that 40 jare terug, he became another young Black man brutalized by our flawed legal system. I will forever be sorry for what was done to him,” Sebold said.
Sebold described the rape, which occurred when she was a freshman at Syracuse University in 1981, in brutally honest detail in “Lucky.” It was published a year after Broadwater was released from prison.
Her publisher Scribner, and its parent company, Simon & Schuster, will stop distributing the book in all formats “while Sebold and Scribner together consider how the work might be revised,” said Brian Belfiglio, Scribner vice president of publicity and marketing, in a statement to CNN.
CNN has reached out to Sebold and her representatives for comment.
“40 jare terug, as a traumatized 18-year-old rape victim, I chose to put my faith in the American legal system. My goal in 1982 was justice — not to perpetuate injustice,” Sebold wrote. “And certainly not to forever, and irreparably, alter a young man’s life by the very crime that had altered mine.”
Broadwater last week described how his life had been ruined by the false conviction.
He struggled to find work after getting out of jail when employers found out about his criminal record.
“I did what I could do, and that was just, jy weet — creating work for myself doing landscaping, tree removal, hauling, clean-outs,” het hy aan CNN gesê.
His wife wanted children, maar “I wouldn’t bring children in the world because of this. En nou, we’re past days, we can’t have children,” Broadwater told reporters after the court hearing.
“I will remain sorry for the rest of my life that while pursuing justice through the legal system, my own misfortune resulted in Mr. Broadwater’s unfair conviction for which he has served not only 16 years behind bars but in ways that further serve to wound and stigmatize, nearly a full life sentence,” Sebold wrote.
After his exoneration, Broadwater said that he would like an apology from the author, but also acknowledged what she had suffered.
“I sympathize with her, what happened to her,” hy het gesê. “I just hope there’s a sincere apology. I would accept it. I’m not bitter or have malice towards her.”
While saying that she struggles “with the role that I unwittingly played within a system that sent an innocent man to jail,” she said she grapples “with the fact that my rapist will, na alle waarskynlikheid, never be known, may have gone on to rape other women, and certainly will never serve the time in prison that Mr. Broadwater did.”