Hillary Swank to play RWU Law Grad in Betty Anne Waters

One of the films to watch out for in 2010 is Betty Anne Waters. The film tells the story of how Betty Ann Waters (Hilary Swank), an unemployed single mother of two, saw her brother begin serving a life sentence in 1983 for murder and robbery.

Convinced that he was innocent, she spent the next 12 years taking steps to earn a law degree at Roger Williams University School of Law. After graduating, Waters challenged her brother’s conviction with DNA evidence, proved his innocence, and Kenneth Waters walked out a free man in March 2001. The film also stars Minnie Driver, Sam Rockwell and Juliette Lewis.

You can read more about the inspiring tale of Betty Anne and her brother Kenny here.

Eighteen years ago, he watched his relatives cry when he was sentenced to life in prison for a murder they were sure he didn’t commit. Yesterday, they shed tears again in the very same courthouse as he was set free, his murder conviction vacated by newly tested DNA evidence.

As he emerged from a Middlesex Superior courtroom yesterday into a crush of reporters, Kenneth Waters, 47, hugged exuberant family members, some of whom he’d never met. Soon after, he ate his first corned beef sandwich in nearly two decades, saw his first cellphone, and drank his first Starbucks coffee.

”It’s great to be free,” he said, thanking his sister, Betty Anne Waters, who earned a law degree so she could wage the extraordinary legal battle that led to his release.

”I think it’s absolutely amazing that she’s dedicated her life to this.”

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One response to “Hillary Swank to play RWU Law Grad in Betty Anne Waters

  1. Thanks for posting this. I remember this story…and its sad ending, but had no idea of this movie.

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