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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…

Iran: 2 more Prisoners Hanged on Drug Charges

Public hanging in Iran
2 prisoners were reportedly hanged at Isfahan Central Prison and Kashmar Prison on drug related charges.

Close sources say one of the prisoners was hanged on the morning of Monday August 21 at Isfahan Central Prison. 

The prisoner's name is reportedly Abdolkarim Shahbakhsh and he was sentenced to death on drug related charges. Mr. Shahbakhsh was reportedly taken to solitary confinement on Saturday August 19 in preparation for his execution.

"Karim had no criminal record, but he was sentenced to death after being arrested and charged with 120 kilograms of heroin and 140 kilograms of opium," an informed source tells Iran Human Rights.

A report by the Kurdistan Human Rights Network says the other prisoner was executed on Sunday August 20 at Kashmar Prison (Razavi Khorasan province). 

The prisoner, who the report identifies as Mojtaba Heydari Abbasali, was reportedly sentenced to death on drug related charges, and transferred to solitary confinement on Saturday August 19 in preparation for his execution.

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and state-run media, have not mentioned these 2 executions.

Young Prisoner Hanged in Public


On the morning of Monday August 21, a young prisoner was hanged in public on murder and rape charges. 

The execution was carried out in the city of Nasrabad in Isfahan on the morning of Monday August 21. 

According a report by the state-run news agency, IMNA, the prisoner - which the report does not mention his name - was arrested on January 3, 2017 at the age of 25 for the charge of raping and murdering a 15-year-old teenage girl.

Source: Iran Human Rights, August 23, 2017


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