Guilty until Proven Innocent

anthony inmate pic

Anthony’s mugshot from 2006

My essay titled WE SHOULD DO SOMETHING was just published in the July 2014 issue of The Sun.

It’s about my nephew, Anthony Shaw, who was arrested and charged with the murder of his girlfriend’s two-year-old son.

This is a story about guilt and innocence and trying to live with the difference.

Some readers have asked me if this is a true story.

It is.

Read an excerpt or subscribe to The Sun.


The Sun July 2014 Issue 463

The Sun
July 2014
Issue 463




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4 responses to “Guilty until Proven Innocent

  1. You are a brave writer, Laurel. Not afraid to tackle a tough topic. Thank you for that!

  2. Thank you for caring about this, Jill. Your comments mean a lot to me. I can’t help but remain optimistic. Meanwhile, I’m very proud of Anthony for remaining who he is no matter where he is.

  3. Laurel, I can’t imagine how difficult this is to live with—and then to write about. I hope there is some shift that happens that will at minimum get Anthony a new trial where the evidence you have can be reviewed and justice will prevail.

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