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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…

Doctors association seeks death penalty for counterfeit drugs traffickers

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SRINAGAR: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Monday has sought death penalty for those involved in manufacture, sale and distribution of spurious drugs.

“To curb the menace of fake drugs, we need to get touch on the drug traffickers. And the toughness include the death penalty,” said DAK President Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a communique.

“They kill hundreds and hundreds of people and most of them don’t even go to jail. They need to be punished for the carnage they cause,” he said.

The amended Drug and cosmetic act of 2008 contains maximum punishment of life imprisonment.

Dr Nisar said capital punishment has proved effective in other countries like China. In 2007 former head of China’s state food and drug administration was executed for his involvement in substandard drugs which proved to be a strong deterrent.

He said India is the capital of spurious drugs and according to WHO, India accounts for nearly 35% of world spurious drug market.  In an estimate, 40% of the Indian market is under the grip of spurious drugs.

“From cancer to heart medicines and from antibiotics to vaccines, drugs in all therapeutic categories have been reported to be either substandard or counterfeit,” he said.

“There are clandestine factories that have been making these sham drugs,” he added.

 Dr Nisar said Kashmir is a safe haven for spurious drugs as the market is unchecked and unregulated and there is no fear of accountability.

“In 2013, we unearthed a big spurious drug scandal in which many people were involved. Lakhs of tablets of fake drug maximizin, a life-saving antibiotic were supplied to government hospitals. Following expose of this fake drug, hundreds of drugs which were consumed by patients were declared substandard,” he said. 

Source: Kashmir Patriot, June 4, 2018


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