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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: Attorney General Says Philippine Drug Convict Won't Be Executed Yet

Mary Jane Veloso
Mary Jane Veloso
Jakarta. Attorney General H.M. Prasetyo confirmed on Tuesday (03/05) that the name of convicted Philippine drug smuggler Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso was not on the list of inmates who will face the firing squad in the third round of executions.

"She [Mary Jane] is still awaiting [finalization of the] legal process in the Philippines. When she was due to be executed previously, a woman surrendered [to the Philippines authorities] and claimed that Mary Jane had been a victim of human trafficking," Prasetyo said at the State Palace in Jakarta on Tuesday (03/05).

According to Prasetyo, the Attorney General's Office has already prepared the list of people to be executed, and coordinated it with the National Police.

"We only have to set the execution date. That is what we are still unable to decide at this moment. As for the executions, we have never said that we would stop them, because the war on drugs will never stop," Prasetyo said.

The attorney general said the government wishes to avoid protests against the executions.

"However, the execution should be done, as it relates to the sustainability of the nation. […] If it is already inckracht [a full legal verdict] we will proceed with the executions, in cooperation with the National Police," Prasetyo said.

Source: Jakarta Globe, May 3, 2016

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