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When Cynthia Stewart dropped off eleven rolls of film at a drugstore near her home, it didn’t occur to her that two snapshots of her eight-year-old daughter would cause the county prosecutor to arrest ...
When Cynthia Stewart dropped off eleven rolls of film at a drugstore near her home, it didn’t occur to her that two snapshots of her eight-year-old daughter would cause the county prosecutor to arrest her, take her away in handcuffs, threaten to remove her child from her home, and charge her with crimes that carried the possibility of sixteen years in prison.
Framing Innocence brilliantly probes the many questions raised: when does a photograph of a naked child cross the line from innocent snapshot to child porn? When does a prosecution cross the line from vigorous to overzealous? When does the parent, and when does the state, know best?
Written by poet Lynn Powell, a neighbor of Cynthia Stewart’s, this riveting and beautifully told story plumbs the perfect storm of events that put a loving family in a small American town at risk.
“[A] well-written, absorbing book.”
—The Cleveland Plain Dealer
“[T]horoughly and fairly reported.”
—The Wall Street Journal
“Framing Innocence restores the truth of a family’s life.”
—Sally Mann, photographer and author of At Twelve: Portraits of Young Women and Immediate Family
1. A Knock at the Door
2. Lawyers in Their Life
3. “Peculiar in That Which is Good”
7. Everything on Their Side
8. The Sleeping Dragon Stirs
11. New Year’s Dread
12. Motions, Briefs, Schemes, and Case Plans
13. “I Know It When I See It”
14. “The Average Person with Average Sex Instincts”
15. Cogs and Wheels
16. The Politburo
18. Watching Out and Watching Over
19. A Thousand Pictures’ Worth
21. “I Expect You To Be Honorable”
22. Bottom Lines
23. Almost Normal
25. A Memory of Spring
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Posted December 10, 2011