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Workin’ 9-to-5

Debra Brown, 54, has been exonerated under a 2008 Utah law allowing criminal convictions to be overturned based on new factual (as opposed to scientific) evidence. Brown spent 17 years in prison after she discovered the body of her murdered boss, but a judge recently ruled her “factually innocent” of the crime. Now out of prison, Brown is boggled by new technology, such as the Internet. When they went to get her a state I.D. card, Brown said, “The car told us how to get there.” But she wants one more technology to be invented: something to let prosecutors see into her “mind and heart” to determine truth. “I’d let them cut my chest open if it would do anything to let them see I’m not the person they think I am,” she said, pointing to one more challenge for her to get past: the state attorney is appealing her exoneration. That, Brown says, is making it hard for her to find a job. “Who’s going to hire you if they thought you killed your last boss?” (RC/AP) ...Dabney Coleman.
Original Publication Date: 26 June 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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