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…

Filipino worker in Saudi saved from death penalty: DFA

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A female overseas Filipino worker was saved from the death penalty in Saudi Arabia and has returned to the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs said yesterday.

The DFA did not identify the worker but described her as an "unwitting drug mule."

The DFA did not say how the OFW gained freedom. It only said she was saved through the efforts of the Philippine consulate in Jeddah and the law firm it engaged to assist the OFW.

Quoting reports from the consulate, the DFA said the OFW was imprisoned in Jeddah on Oct 9, 2013 after she was arrested for possession of illegal drugs. The drugs were found in the luggage she was carrying for a representative of her deployment agency in Manila, it said.

The DFA said the OFW was recommended by the Jeddah prosecution office to be put to death for drug smuggling and fined 100,000 Saudi riyals (about P1.4 million)

The OFW was repatriated to Manila on March 27 along with 4 other female OFWs after they completed their respective prison sentences in various detention facilities in the western region of Saudi Arabia.

The DFA also did not identify the 4 other OFWs.

Around 2.4 million Filipinos are living and working in the Middle East, with 1.2 million of them found in Saudi Arabia working in oil fields and medicine, service industries and as household helpers.

Source: malaya.com.ph, April 3, 2018

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