Anthony Ray Hinton?
There is more than one way to take a person’s life. In 1985, someone murdered two men in Alabama. Then, according to Anthony Ray Hinton, corrupt police officers falsified evidence to prove that he was the murderer. At 29, Hinton was sentenced to death for something he didn’t do, and he spent the next 28 years on death row — until he was freed in 2015.
“My only crime was ... being born black in Alabama,” he said this year. “...I had enough education to understand exactly how justice was working in this trial and exactly how it was going to turn out.”
Hinton told TV presenter Oprah Winfrey that during his first three years in prison, he didn’t speak. Then he realized he could help the other men on death row by starting a book club. Now he has written a book called The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row, which Winfrey has chosen for her own book club. Hinton is still waiting for an apology from the state of Alabama.