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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: Investigators to Question 3 Officers Named by Executed Drug Convict in Video

Executed drug kingpin Freddy Budiman shortly before his execution
Executed drug kingpin Freddy Budiman shortly before his execution
An independent police-initiated team is planning to question 3 officers whose names were mentioned by a convict in a video made by government officials shortly before his execution.

The independent team, which was set up to investigate the presumed complicity of state officials and law enforcers in drug crimes, is probing allegations that members of the National Police, National Narcotics Agency (BNN) and Indonesian Military (TNI) had helped slain drug convict Freddy Budiman run his business.

Freddy mentioned at least 3 names in the video that otherwise mainly depicts his spiritual journey inside the prison, team member Hendardi said. The team has obtained the copy from the directorate general for penitentiary affairs at the Justice and Human Rights Ministry.

"We are currently examining and discussing the video. We will follow up on it by questioning the officers, if necessary," Hendardi told the Jakarta Globe on Tuesday (30/08).

Freddy had allegedly given in kickbacks more than Rp 450 billion ($34 million) to the BNN and Rp 90 billion to the National Police officers.

"The names are not related to the flow of funds as confessed by Freddy Budiman to Haris Azhar," Hendardi said refusing to reveal the names or initials of the suspected officers.

Freddy had confessed about the officers' involvement in his drug business to human rights activist Haris Azhar when they met on the Nusakambangan prison island 2 years ago. Haris revealed Freddy's testimony last month, shortly before the convict faced the firing squad.

"The video also contains Freddy Budiman's advice on how to eradicate the circulation of drugs inside the prison. He also called for tighter supervision of drug inmates," Hendardi said.

Source: Jakarta Globe, September 1, 2016

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