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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…

Morocco: Two sentenced to death for raping, killing 7-year-old girl

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May 4, 2016: Two Moroccans have been sentenced to death by a court in El Jadida (200km south of Rabat) for having kidnapped, raped and killed a 7-year-old girl, reported today the local web eljadidanews.com.

The incident took place late last year, when the girl, who went by the name Zineb, disappeared from his grandfather’s house in the village of Douar Lachab, where he lived with his mother, separated from her husband. 

Her body was found days later in a well, with signs of having been raped before her death.

The daily Al Massae says meanwhile that one of those sentenced to death is half brother of the dead girl.

While no prisoner was executed since 1993, the death penalty remains in force in Moroccan law, and in recent years was reserved for cases of terrorism or crimes against children.

There are currently around 120 sentenced to death in the so-called “death row” awaiting execution. 

source: EFE, May 4, 2016

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