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…

Nebraska death row inmate asks court to stay execution, vacate sentence

Convicted Norfolk bank robber Erick Vela this week filed a petition asking a federal judge to stay his execution and vacate his sentence, saying his death sentence is unconstitutional.

The 211-page petition filed in U.S. District Court Tuesday argues in part that Vela is intellectually disabled and that executing him would violate his Eighth Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment.

Vela's petition for habeas corpus, which was filed by his attorneys, marks his latest appeal following unsuccessful efforts in state court to overturn his death sentence.

"Mr. Vela accepted responsibility for his role in the murders when he (pleaded) guilty," the petition said. "Central issues in his case are whether he is ineligible for the death penalty ... because he is intellectually disabled, and whether mitigating circumstances existed so that his life should be spared."

Vela, 37, has been incarcerated on Nebraska's death row at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution since January 2007.

Vela, Jorge Galindo and Jose Sandoval were sentenced to die after being convicted in the botched robbery at the U.S. Bank branch in Norfolk in September 2002, that killed Lisa Bryant, Lola Elwood, Samuel Sun, Jo Mausbach and Evonne Tuttle.

The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services has already notified Sandoval, 38, that they intend to seek his execution.

A death warrant setting his execution has not been issued, and lawsuits fighting the execution in Sandoval's case are pending.

Source: Lincoln Journal Star, Riley Johnston, March 27, 2018

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