Anthony Ray Hinton Spent Almost 30 Years on Death Row. Now He Has a Message for White America.

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: Two Brothers Hanged in Public over Armed Robbery Charges

Public execution of two brothers, Dogonbadan, Iran, 15 March 2017
Iran Human Rights (March 15, 2018): Two prisoners were hanged in public on the charge of armed robbery today. 

According to IRIB, on the morning of Thursday, March 15, two prisoners were hanged in public in Dogonbadan (the capital of Gachsaran County, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province). 

The two prisoners were brothers, and they were sentenced to death on the charge of armed robbery from a jewellery store and murdering two of the shopkeepers. 

The robbery took place in September 2017, and the prisoners were arrested on December 6. 

Their execution was carried out in less than 100 days. Issuing death sentence in such a short time may result in the defendants’ right to a fair trial being denied. 

The Chief Justice of Gachsaran County, Reza Mishan, said, “On February 4, 2018, the death sentence for the thieves was issued by the Revolutionary Court in Gachsaran, and it was approved by the Supreme Court on March 11.”

“The sole purpose of public execution is creating fear among people,” said Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, director of IHR, “We call on the international community to immediately stop this terrifying show.”

It should be noted that the report does not mention for which crime the two prisoners had been sentenced to death.

According to the annual report on the death penalty which has been published by IHR recently, 31 public executions have been carried out in 2017.

Source: Iran Human Rights, March 15, 2018

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