Wrongfully Imprisoned Man Anthony Ray Hinton Released from Alabama’s Death Row After 30 Years

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Anthony Ray Hinton wipes away tears as he stands outside the Jefferson County Jail in Alabama April 3, 2015, after serving 30 years on death row. (NBC News) 

Anthony Ray Hinton walked out of prison a free man Friday after nearly 30 years on Alabama’s death row. He stepped into the sunshine, praised God and thanked his lawyers, according to CNN.

Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Laura Petro on Thursday dismissed the case against the 58-year-old man. One day earlier, prosecutors told the judge that they couldn’t link the bullets from the crime scene to Hinton, who always asserted his innocence in the 1985 murders of two men.

“All they had to do was to test the gun,” Hinton exclaimed to reporters, “but when you think you’re high and mighty and you’re above the law, you don’t have to answer to nobody.”

Hinton’s attorneys had long said that their client was another wrongfully convicted black man who faced a death sentence.

“Race, poverty, inadequate legal assistance and prosecutorial indifference to innocence conspired to create a textbook example of injustice,” said Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Rights Initiative and Hinton’s lead attorney, according to CNN. “I can’t think of a case that more urgently dramatizes the need for reform than what has happened to Anthony Ray Hinton.”

Prosecutors won a conviction even though there were no eyewitnesses, fingerprints or other physical evidence linking Hinton to the murder of two restaurant workers during a robbery.

Bullets at the crime scene had questionable links to a gun found in Hinton’s home. But tests raised doubts about whether the bullets were fired from that gun and, in fact, whether they were all fired from the same weapon.

On appeal, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Hinton’s favor, and he was granted a new trial. But the prosecutors struggled to put evidence together to win a conviction in the retrial. Consequently, they filed a motion to drop the charges.

Read more at CNN.

article by Nigel Roberts via theroot.com

One thought on “Wrongfully Imprisoned Man Anthony Ray Hinton Released from Alabama’s Death Row After 30 Years”

  1. Could someone please help me I’m going through the same thing. My childrens father been locked up nine years on a wrongful conviction. They had no evidence as well the DA tried playing us against each other they gave him 25 years without task ng him if he were guilty his name is Darrin Grant he’s in Easterlin Correctional Facility this man have not seen his kids since the were babies my husband Darrin has four kids the youngest is ten he was just two months when the courts took him from us his two daughters one was four, and two they are know fourteen, and twelve and his oldest son was six heis now seventeen.Someone please help us Darrin Grant is innocent.I cant trust these other attorneys they been giving us the run around since day one. My life haven’t been the same since they took him from us someone please help us my heart is crying out for help!!!!!!

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