Anthony Ray Hinton Spent Almost 30 Years on Death Row. Now He Has a Message for White America.

Anthony Ray Hinton was mowing the lawn at his mother's house in 1985 when Alabama police came to arrest him for 2 murders he did not commit. One took place when he was working the night shift at a Birmingham warehouse. Yet the state won a death sentence, based on 2 bullets it falsely claimed matched a gun found at his mother's home. In his powerful new memoir, "The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row," Hinton describes how racism and a system stacked against the poor were the driving forces behind his conviction. He also writes about the unique and unexpected bonds that can form on death row, and in particular about his relationship with Henry Hays, a former Klansman sentenced to death for a notorious lynching in 1981. Hays died in the electric chair in 1997 - 1 of 54 people executed in Alabama while Hinton was on death row.
After almost 30 years, Hinton was finally exonerated in 2015, thanks to the Equal Justice Initiative, or EJI. On April 27…

Chan and Sukumaran urged to accept reality

Andrew Chan, Myuran Sukumaran
Bali's head ombudsman says Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran should accept the reality that authorities are determined to execute them.

Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are keeping their spirits up even as authorities around them say they should come to terms with Indonesia's determination to execute them soon.

Kerobokan jail governor Sudjonggo says the men, who are the driving forces behind his prison's successful rehabilitation programs, are faring well.

He says he has no word on when they will be transferred to Nusakambangan, the island Indonesia is preparing for the executions of the Bali Nine pair and eight other drug offenders.

"I don't know yet when they're going to be transferred," he told reporters on Thursday.

"I'm not seeing them packing yet either. Myuran's paintings are still in the studio."

Bali's head ombudsman Umar Ibnu Alkhatab inspected the prison on Thursday and found all was running normally, albeit with "special attention" to the Australians.

"We also met Andrew and Myuran," he told reporters.

"They said that they have shared their knowledge and experience.

"Psychologically, they're ready, in good health.

"I think they should accept reality."

On Nusakambangan, building work was going on to remedy the lack of isolation cells and other facilities to handle the executions of 10 prisoners at once.

Media are not allowed on the central Java island, but even from afar it is obvious a large new building has been constructed behind the police station in the past week.

Attorney-General HM Prasetyo has confirmed that 10 will face the firing squad as soon as preparations are complete, but he has not named them all.

There are 10 drug offenders on death row, with the confirmation that another Nigerian man, Okwudili Oyatanze, has been denied presidential clemency.

According to media reports, he and three others were caught smuggling heroin into Jakarta in 2001.

President Joko Widodo wishes to deny all death row drug offenders clemency, believing it's a good shock tactic in the war against narcotics.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott spoke to Mr Joko by phone on Wednesday night regarding the condemned Australians, and described the conversation as positive.

Mr Joko has also spoken with leaders of France, Brazil, and the Netherlands regarding their citizens facing the death penalty, but has maintained it's the republic's sovereign right to carry out its laws.

Lawyers for Chan and Sukumaran are planning a legal appeal and argue it would be unjust to execute them in the meantime.

Source: SBS.com.au, AAP, Feb. 27, 2015 (local time)

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