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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…

Japan: Death penalty for ex-caregiver for killing 3 elderly nursing home residents

Hayato Imai
A court in Japan has sentenced a former care worker to death for killing 3 elderly residents at a nursing home in Kawasaki, near Tokyo.

Yokohama District Court on Thursday found 25-year-old Hayato Imai guilty of murdering the 3 victims by pushing them from the balconies of their rooms.

Prosecutors had sought the death penalty in the trial.

The 3 residents all died in 2014. 

They were an 87-year-old man and 2 women, aged 86 and 96.

The judges in the trial ruled that the victims would have been physically incapable of climbing over the balcony railings by themselves. 

They ruled out the possibility that the deaths were suicides or accidents.

The ruling also rejected the possibility that other staff members had committed the crimes.

The judges added that Imai's confession during police interrogation, in which he admitted to killing the 3 people, was credible.

Imai's lawyer had maintained that he was not guilty, pointing out the lack of objective evidence, and arguing that the deaths could have been suicides or accidents.

The lawyer also claimed that Imai's confession was coerced, and has filed an appeal against the ruling to a higher court.

Source: nhk.or.jp, March 22, 2018


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