Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding's story is somehow now even stranger than it was then. Not a lot has changed between now and then, other than that both skaters are now retired. The public conception of both has calcified to such a degree that Kerrigan is the ice princess, and Harding is the trashy, brash challenger.
It does seem, in retrospect, that Harding got railroaded. She was never found guilty of premeditated crime, though she did plea bargain for a lesser sentence. She did, however, get banned from the sport for life. Such a punishment is overly harsh, as there's hardly a smoking gun that links Harding to the crime. She did, ultimately, suffer the additional punishment of being an outsider. When push came to shove, she didn't have the friends or connections in the skating world to get her plea reduced, and became just another poor person eaten by the system.