An­thony Ray Hinton?

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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.

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