Rubin Carter was born on May 6, 1937 in Clifton, New Jersey. Ever since he was a young boy he had been a troubled youth in and out of boy’s homes and later in his teens started serving minor time in jail for petty crimes of theft and assault, thou he later attributed this in his biography of not having parents or family to help him understand and deal with his problems at an early age. Rubin through the years had a tough time growing up in the hard streets and blamed race for many of his problems. In 1954 Rubin joined the Army at 17 and took up training as a boxer he thought this a better way of channeling all his hate and problems by taking out his aggression in the ring. During his time in the Army he rose to fame in for winning two European light-welterweight championships and decided that after he was discharged in 1956 to continue his boxing back home in Paterson, New Jersey.
In his return back home he again found himself caught up in what he described as hate filled racism that was brought on by white occupations of the police in the black neighborhoods and was again sent to prison for purse snatching, he spent for years in Trenton State maximum security prison.
In 1961 he thought he was finally getting a grip on things and turned professional boxer, his start was seen as thrilling with a four straight winning streak in which he earned the nickname “The Hurricane” due to his ligh...
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...nd Lisa Peters met with Carter in prison for Lesra and soon began to see for themselves that Carter may truly be innocent.
In 1983 Sam, Terry, Lisa and Lesra began a strong push with the help of lawyers Myron Beldock and Lewis Steel to once and for all free Carter and prove his innocence, and in February 1988 Rubin Carter was formally adjudicated of his crime and released from prison. Carter later received an honorary championship title belt in 1993 by the World Boxing Council and in 1997 earned his law degree from Dalhousie Law School and soon became a district attorney in Kamploops, British Columbia. Rubin currently serves as the director of the Association in Defense of the Wrongfully Convicted in Toronto, Canada and a member of the board of directors of the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia as well as the Alliance for Prison Justice in Boston.
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