Monday, September 27, 2010, 5 p.m.
Edie and Lew Wasserman Cinematheque
Sachar International Center

Betty Anne Waters

"Betty Anne Waters' 'Conviction' kept her going," Schuster Institute Senior Reporter Anne Driscoll, October 15, 2010, (Photo by Christian Coulson.)

Hilary Swank and Betty Anne Waters at the Toronto International Film Festival, September 2010.

Hilary Swank and Betty Anne Waters pose for pictures at the Toronto International Film Festival, September 11, 2010. 

Kenny Waters laughs with sister Betty Anne after his murder conviction was vacated, 2009.

During a 2001 press conference, Kenneth Waters laughed with his sister, Betty Anne, after his murder conviction was vacated. Photo John Tlumacki/Boston Globe Staff.


Screening: "Conviction" starring Hilary Swank
  and Sam Rockwell, and directed by Tony Goldwyn '82

"Conviction" tells the true story of Betty Anne Waters’ path to seek justice for her brother Kenneth Waters after he was wrongfully convicted of murder. The film, starring Hillary Swank and Sam Rockwell and directed by Brandeis alumnus Tony Goldwyn, opens nationally in October. The Justice Brandeis Innocence Project at the Schuster Institute co-hosted with Brandeis's Film, Television and Interactive Media Program a pre-release screening at Brandeis University on September 27, 2010.

Betty Anne Waters was a single mother without a high school diploma. Over twelve years after her brother was convicted, Waters put herself through college and law school in order to become her brother’s attorney. Working with Barry Scheck of the Innocence Project, Betty Anne ultimately proved Kenny’s innocence through DNA testing and revealing that some witnesses testified falsely. After 18 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, Kenny was exonerated in 2001.       

The Schuster Institute’s Justice Brandeis Innocence Project (JPIB) is a member of The Innocence Network, affiliated organizations that examine cases in which imprisoned individuals appear to have been wrongfully convicted. Most of these organizations are run by lawyers; a few, like ours, are made up of journalists. The Justice Brandeis Innocence Project primarily reviews and investigates cases of possible wrongful conviction in which inmates have been jailed for life with no chance at parole. Our investigative journalists use reporting techniques to scrutinize case facts.

The JPIB is currently investigating two compelling cases in Massachusetts.