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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…

Pacquiao Throws Political Punch, Wants Death Penalty By Hanging

Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao
According to GMA News, Manny Pacquiao has come out politically swinging in his new role as a senator in the Philippines.

Pacquiao will be pushing for the death penalty to be carried out by hanging.

He believes death by hanging is more "humane" not only for the criminal being executed but for the medical personnel who are forced to assist in carrying out the death sentence despite their personal beliefs and convictions.

"For me the death penalty should be by hanging. The law should also state that doctors are not allowed to kill people," Pacquiao told reporters when asked for his opinion on the subject.

Pacquiao also told reporters that he feels the death penalty should be imposed on crimes such as rape with murder, drug trafficking, kidnapping, and robbery with murder.

The eight division world champion retired from the sport of boxing in April, after winning a twelve round decision over Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao said his main motivation to retire was to pursue a full-time career in politics back home. He secured a senatorial seat in the May elections.

In recent weeks there have been discussions of a potential comeback in the fall.

While the date and venue have been set aside, there is still no confirmation that Pacquiao will be capable of returning this year. His busy schedule as a senator may prevent him from being able to hold an adequate training camp or participate in promotional functions that are required for the event.

Source: Boxing Scene, Edward Chaykovsky, July 5, 2016

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