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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…

Mississippi: Death Penalty Expanded To Cover Other Crimes

JACKSON,MS (WCBI) – A bill expanding Mississippi’s capital punishment law is heading to the Senate. 

The State House today okayed a measure that would call for the death penalty for people convicted of killing a broader range of public servants. 

The bill protects first responders, ambulance workers, and paramedics. 

The House version was expanded to also include uniformed security guards and utility workers.

The Senate must now pass the bill before it becomes law.

Source: WCBI, March 8, 2016

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