News 04.21.14

In Memoriam of Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter


Photo: Rubin Carter enjoys himself at the Innocence Project’s 2012 Celebration of Freedom & Justice. Innocence Project Executive Director Maddy deLone talks with

Cornelius Dupree

in the background.


 

Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, who served nearly 20 years in New Jersey prisons before he was cleared based on evidence of his innocence, died on Sunday in his adopted home of Toronto, Canada, from prostate cancer. Carter and co-defendant John Artis were wrongly convicted by an all-white jury of a triple murder in a Paterson, New Jersey, restaurant in 1966 despite a lack of physical evidence. Carter was sentenced to three life sentences. He maintained his innocence throughout his incarceration.

 


CNN reported

that the ruling was overturned in 1976, but Carter was reconvicted later that year. The second conviction was ultimately overturned and Carter was freed from prison in 1985. Following his release, he became an advocate for the wrongly convicted and criminal justice reform.

 


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  1. John J says:

    Has anyone bothered to read the FACTS in the case ? Carter was released because of technechalities, not lack of evidence. The movie is so far removed from Carters actual life, it is 95 % Hollywood fairytale. Even his supporters admitted that much.

  2. Paulette E Beauford says:

    This is such an inspiration to me, being so similar to my son’s case.
    Prosecutorial misconduct and a dirty detective…its been 18 years…
    It’s time…it is time!

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