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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…

Ohio death row inmate asks for death penalty to be declared unconstitutional

Gary Otte
The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected the request of a condemned killer to delay next week's execution while he pursues an appeal.

Death row inmate Gary Otte wants the death penalty declared unconstitutional in his case because he was under 21 at the time of the crime.

The court denied Otte's request for a delay Thursday.

Otte was sentenced to die for the Feb. 12, 1992, killing of Robert Wasikowski and the Feb. 13, 1992, killing of Sharon Kostura.

Both slayings took place in Parma in suburban Cleveland.

Gov. John Kasich has rejected a request for clemency made by Otte's attorneys.

The 45-year-old Otte is scheduled to die Sept. 13. He is also challenging Ohio's lethal injection method in federal court.

Source: Associated Press, Sept 9, 2017


Urgent Action


CALL ON OHIO GOVERNOR TO RETHINK CLEMENCY

Gary Otte is scheduled to be executed in Ohio on 13 September. He was sentenced to death in October 1992 for 2 murders committed 8 months earlier. 20 years old when he was sent to death row, he is now 45. The governor has rejected clemency.

Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

* Urging Governor Kashich to reconsider his decision to deny clemency for Gary Otte;

* Explaining that you are not seeking to downplay the seriousness of violent crime or its consequences

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Contact below official by 13 September, 2017:

Governor John Kasich
Riffe Center, 30th Floor
77 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-6117, USA
Fax: +1 614 466 9354
Email (via website): http://www.governor.ohio.gov/Contact/ContacttheGovernor.aspx
Twitter: @JohnKasich

Salutation: Dear Governor

Source: Amnesty International USA, September 9, 2017


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