Been listening to a cheap Bob Dylan CD and the story of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter. What a travesty of justice and a damning indictment of US justice and race relations from the 60’s until 1985 when Carter was released as the judgement had been “predicated upon an appeal to racism rather than reason, and concealment rather than disclosure.”
Definitely one of the top 10 political songs (personal favourite is Biko by Peter Gabriel) and thankfully the story has a happy ending.
As Wikipedia reports Carter now lives in Toronto, Ontario, and was executive director of the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWC) from 1993 until 2005. Carter resigned when AIDWC declined to support Carter’s protest of the appointment (to a judgeship) of the prosecutor of Canadian Guy Paul Morin, a wrongfully convicted man.
In 1996 Carter, then 60, was arrested when Toronto police mistakenly identified him as a suspect in his thirties believed to have sold drugs to an undercover officer. He was released after the police realized their error.
Carter now works as a motivational speaker. On October 14, 2005, he received two honorary Doctorates of Law, one from York University (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) and one from Griffith University (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia), in recognition of his work with AIDWYC and the Innocence Project. Carter received the Abolition Award from Death Penalty Focus in 1996.
It’s a story that shames American justice and should be read – http://ping.fm/02h1f