The Wrongful Conviction of Rubin (Hurricane) Carter

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The Wrongful Conviction of Rubin (Hurricane) Carter There is no doubt in the minds of many people who are familiar with the Rubin "Hurricane" Carter story that he, and the man who was convicted for murder with him, John Artis, are innocent of those crimes. While no one knows for sure who is guilty of the crime, but the one thing that is for certain is that Carter and Artis were victims of racial bias from many people who would see them in jail. This story is truly a tragic one of a promising career, and of a life that was spoiled by prejudice and one that reviles some of the ways in which, society's present legal system can fail to ensure the right of justice for people in our society. In a 1975 Penthouse Interview Carter stated that "I'm not in jail for committing murder. I'm in jail partly because I'm a black man in America, where the powers that be will only allow a black man to be an entertainer or a criminal" (http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Studio/4909/hurricane.html). Judging from the evidence of the case and the manner in which, it progressed over a course of 19 years, it is not difficult to understand how this could be so. The original case that was presented against Carter and Artis was not a strong one and almost solely relied on circumstance and the testimony of two known felons (a fact which, does not automatically make their statements untrue, or course). Added to this, the fact that when taken to the hospital the very night of the murders, Carter and Artis could not be identified as the murderers by the surviving victims, passed a lie detector test and were released, the police apparently "never considering them suspects" (http://www.stanford.edu/~zdillon/story.html). However, four months later whe... ... middle of paper ... ... triumphs which, formed out of the despair and anger of being wrongfully convicted, are certainly a story which, deserves much attention so to celebrate hope and to ensure that this tragedy does not occur in the future. Bibliography Rubin Carter: The Man The Authorities Came to Blame. http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Studio/4909/hurricane.html. March, 1998. Dillon, Zachary. Rubin Carter: The Hurricane. http://www.stanford.edu/~zdillon/hurricane.html. 4 February, 2000. Universal Studios. Hurricane. http://www.universalpictures.com/hurricane/. 2000. Speakers' Spotlight. Speakers' Spotlight: Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter. http://www.speakers.ca/carter.html Deal, Cal. Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter: The Other Side of The Story. http://graphicwitness.com/carter/index.html. Prisoners: Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter.http://www.nme.com/newsdesk/prison3.html.

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