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

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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…

Indonesia: Police Officer Arrested for Smuggling Drugs Into Banten Prison

Bali's Kerobokan prison
Bali's Kerobokan prison
Serang, Banten. An officer from the Serang District Police in Banten has been arrested for allegedly smuggling drugs to two inmates serving time at a local prison.

Prison officials became suspicious when the police officer, identified only as Brig. H.D., arrived at the prison at 15:00 on Sunday (31/1) to visit two inmates identified as R.J.U. and F.T.R. even though it was not visiting hour. 

The officer however insisted, flashing his police identification card to correctional officials claiming that he was on official police business to question the inmates.

The prison officials heeded to the request but those monitoring the visit noticed the police officer handing over a cigarette packet to the two inmates. 

After the police officer left, the guards confiscated the packet and discovered “a tiny package of crystal methamphetamine inside,” according to Dodi, one of the prison guards.

The guards then alerted the Banten Provincial Police about the discovery, which then moved to arrest H.D. on Monday.

“[Brig. H.D. is now] being detained at the Banten Police headquarters. We are still investigating the case,” Banten Police spokesman Adj. Sr. Comr. Ermayadi said.

Ermayadi added that if proven guilty, H.D. would be fired from the police force and jailed for drug trafficking.

Source: The Jakarta Globe, Laurens Dami, Feb. 2, 2016

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