Thanks to Bryan Stevenson and the work of The Equal Justice Initiative, an Alabama inmate who spent nearly 30 years on death row will be freed today after a judge dismissed the murder charges against him due to lack of evidence. Anthony Ray Hinton, who was 29 when he was convicted of two 1985 murders, is one of the longest serving death row prisoners in Alabama history and according to EJI, is among the longest serving condemned prisoners to be freed.
Stevenson and other EJI lawyers have spent 16 years arguing Hinton’s innocence. In an article from Business Insider on the case, Stevenson was quoted as saying, “We are thrilled that Mr Hinton will finally be released because he has unnecessarily spent years on Alabama’s death row when evidence of his innocence was clearly presented.”
Stevenson continued by saying that in the case of Hinton, “Race, poverty, inadequate legal assistance, and prosecutorial indifference to innocence conspired to create a textbook example of injustice.” Stevenson shared additional thoughts about the U.S. Criminal Justice system when he visited our video studio this past fall:
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