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Framing Innocence : A Mother's Photographs, a Prosecutor's Zeal, and a Small Town's Response - Lynn Powell

Framing Innocence

A Mother's Photographs, a Prosecutor's Zeal, and a Small Town's Response

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Ten years ago, amateur photographer and school bus driver Cynthia Stewart dropped off eleven rolls of film at a drugstore near her home in Ohio. The rolls contained photographs of her eight-year-old daughter Nora, including two of the child in the shower—photos that would cause the county prosecutor to arrest Cynthia, take her away in handcuffs, threaten to remove her daughter from her home, and charge her with crimes that carried the possibility of sixteen years in prison.
The disturbing case would ultimately attract national attention—including stories in USA Today and on NPR—and supporters including the famed photographer Sally Mann, Katha Pollitt, and the ACLU.
Written by poet Lynn Powell, a neighbor of Cynthia Stewart’s, this riveting and beautifully told story plumbs the perfect storm of events and people that threatened an ordinary family in a small American town. Framing Innocence features a determined prosecutor; a fundamentalist Christian anti-porn crusader who is appointed as Cynthia’s daughter’s guardian; the local attorneys for whom the case would become a crucible; and the many neighbors—friends and strangers, Republican and Democrat— who come together to fight for sanity and for justice for Cynthia and her family.

Author's Notep. ix
Snapshotp. 1
A Knock at the Doorp. 5
Lawyers in Their Lifep. 10
"Peculiar in That Which Is Good"p. 23
Arrestp. 32
Suspicionsp. 38
Newsworthyp. 47
Everything on Their Sidep. 54
The Sleeping Dragon Stirsp. 69
Consultationsp. 82
Rorschachp. 91
New Year's Dreadp. 106
Motions, Briefs, Schemes, and Case Plansp. 115
"I Know It When I See It"p. 126
"The Average Person with Average Sex Instincts"p. 136
Cogs and Wheelsp. 156
The Politburop. 171
Improvisationsp. 191
Watching Out and Watching Overp. 201
A Thousand Pictures' Worthp. 213
One-on-Onep. 220
"I Expect You to Be Honorable"p. 237
Bottom Linesp. 252
Almost Normalp. 263
Gratitudep. 270
A Memory of Springp. 285
Afterwordp. 289
Sourcesp. 295
Acknowledgmentsp. 301
Permissionsp. 304
About the Authorp. 307
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ISBN: 9781595585516
ISBN-10: 1595585516
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 310
Published: 31st August 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.8  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1