“The death penalty is an enemy of grace, redemption and all who value life and recognize that each person is more than their worst act.”
Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested in 1985 for two murders that he didn’t commit. When the police searched his mother’s house, they found an old .38 revolver hidden under a mattress. While there was no physical evidence, state firearm experts claimed that all the bullets used in the robbery were from the gun.
At the time of the two murders and robbery, Hinton claims that he was at work all night in a warehouse. Furthermore, neither of Hinton’s cars matched the fit the description of the automobile that was seen by a witness. He was still sentenced to death. He spent 30 years on death row.
In 1998, Equal Justice Initiative began to represent Hinton. In 2002, EJI ordered for a re-examination of the bullets and gun by three different experts. All three of experts testified that any of the 6 bullets haven’t been shot from that gun.
In 2014, the U.S. Supreme court vacated Anthony’s conviction and death sentence, and ordered a new trial. In preparation for the retrial, the prosecutors had new experts re-examine the bullets and gun. They also concluded that the bullets couldn’t be linked to the revolver. Based on the findings, the case was dismissed and Hinton was released. Since 1983, Hinton is the 152nd person exonerated from death row.
Anthony Hinton (left) and attorney Bryan Stevenson (right) following a hearing at which EJI argued all charges against Hinton be dismissed immediately.
Now off of death row, Hinton talks to groups and the media about his time in prison for a wrongful eviction, and the difficulties that exonerees have adjusting to life after being incarcerated. Along with speeches, Hinton wrote a book titled “The Sun Does Shine” about his time in prison and his appeal.