Same Verdict

Recanting to no avail

After serving six years for kidnaping and rape, Gary Dotson, 28, seemed suddenly to be a technicality away from freedom when Cathleen Crowell Webb, his alleged victim, came forward to confess that she had made up the story. But last week, after listening to Webb recant her testimony in a Cook County court, Judge Richard Samuels upheld the original jury verdict and ordered Dotson returned to prison. As a stunned Dotson was taken away once more, Webb sobbed, "He's wrong! Gary Dotson is innocent!"

Webb's original testimony was critical to Dotson's conviction. The other evidence offered in the 1979 trial was...

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