Sunday, April 20, 2014

Bulletin: Rubin Hurricane Carter: A sad but not unexpected day. The New York Times headline says so much about this great man in just a few words: "Hurricane Carter, fearsome boxer wrongly convicted of murder, dies at 76." (Selwyn Raab has written a moving story on Rubin's extraordinary life. Must Read;) HL;

STORY: "Hurricane Carter, fearsome boxer wrongly convicted of murder, dies at 76," by Selwyn Raab, published by the New York Times on April 20, 2014.

GIST: "Rubin (Hurricane) Carter, a star prizefighter whose career was cut short by a murder conviction in New Jersey and who became an international cause célèbre while imprisoned for 19 years before the charges against him were dismissed, died on Sunday morning at his home in Toronto, confirmed. He was 76. The cause of death was prostate cancer, his friend and onetime co-defendant, John Artis, said. Mr. Carter was being treated in Toronto, where he founded a nonprofit organization, Innocence International, to work to free prisoners it considered wrongly convicted.....In his last weeks he campaigned for the exoneration of David McCallum, a Brooklyn man who has been in prison since 1985 on murder charges. In an opinion article published by The Daily News on Feb. 21, 2014, headlined “Hurricane Carter’s Dying Wish,” he asked that Mr. McCallum “be granted a full hearing” by Brooklyn’s new district attorney, Kenneth P. Thompson. “Just as my own verdict ‘was predicated on racism rather than reason and on concealment rather than disclosure,’ as Sarokin wrote, so too was McCallum’s,” Mr. Carter wrote. He added: “If I find a heaven after this life, I’ll be quite surprised. In my own years on this planet, though, I lived in hell for the first 49 years, and have been in heaven for the past 28 years. “To live in a world where truth matters and justice, however late, really happens, that world would be heaven enough for us all.”

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