Rubin “Hurricane” Carter – Former Political Prisoner – Dead at 76

May he rest in peace.

United States Hypocrisy

"I wouldn't give up. No matter that they sentenced me to three life terms in prison. I wouldn't give up. Just because a jury of 12 misinformed people... found me guilty. And because I was not guilty I refused to act like a guilty person." - Rubin "Hurricane" CarterI wouldn’t give up. No matter that they sentenced me to three life terms in prison. I wouldn’t give up. Just because a jury of 12 misinformed people… found me guilty. And because I was not guilty I refused to act like a guilty person.”
Rubin “Hurricane” Carter

Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the former middle-weight boxer whose career came to a tragic halt upon being wrongly convicted and imprisoned for 19 years over a crime he didn’t commit, died in his sleep on April 20, 2014, Easter Sunday. He’d been struggling with colon cancer at his home in Toronto, Canada for some time, and in February he penned a “Dying Wish” that appeared in the New York Daily News in which he plead the case of inmate David McCallum, a man wrongly convicted in Brooklyn, and called for him to be given a fair hearing. McCallum…

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Posted on 04/20/2014, in Potpourri, Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. One can’t help to wonder how many more people are in prison today for crimes they did not commit? This man was stronger in spirit than most men could ever hope to be… May he now rest in peace.

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    • One can’t help to wonder how many more people are in prison today for crimes they did not commit?

      Many, and resources are not enough to investigate all the cases and get them before the court.

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    • How in the hell does a jury of 12 White men, by any stretch of the imagination, equate to a jury of your peers when you’re Black, in 1966?? We know there’s more. Many many more in prison today, for crimes they didn’t commit. Every case even remotely like this, needs to be investigated.

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      • mindyme62, I don’t think the year matters, do you think he would have a fair trial even today with a jury determined to convict because he was black? The concept of jury by your “peers” is great in theory, but how would you ever achieve such a goal, and yet be fair to both the state and the accused? Is that an impossible task? Zimmerman is a good example, he received a trial and was judged by a jury that unknowing was truly a group of his peers, united in the belief that no matter the evidence, that he was not guilty… Our system is broken, but no one seems to know how to fix it…

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  2. I ache for him for all he suffered amidst such injustice…so heartbreaking. Evil accusers, police and prosecutor who put him away in prison.

    May he rest in peace.

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  3. A champion on all levels. I’m glad he was able to leave false imprisonment. Leave with a clear record . He shouldn’tve spent one day ,much less 19 yrs.Unfortunatelythere are still Hurricane Carter’s in the criminaljustice system.End false imprisonment. Especially, racially motivatedfalse imprisonment .

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