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American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

Notre Dame Exoneration Project

Federalist Society

Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights

present Anthony Ray Hinton: From Death Row to a Life of Freedom

Tuesday November 13

12:30 pm

McCartan Courtroom, Notre Dame Law School

Anthony Ray Hinton spent 30 years on death row for crimes he did not commit.

Arrested for a series of capital murders in his home town with no corroborating evidence, and with no history of violent crime, Mr. Hinton was convicted on the basis of testimony that a gun owned by his mother - which had not been fired in 25 years - was the gun used in all three murders. Lacking adequate legal defense, no ballistic analysis was conducted until 2002, when qualified firearms experts testified that the bullets from all three crimes could not have been fired from Mrs. Hinton's gun.

"I've never had an apology, but I forgave those involved in my conviction long before I left prison," Mr. Hinton has said since his exoneration. "I didn't forgive them so they can sleep well at night. I did it so I can."

Mr. Hinton will speak about his wrongful conviction in 1985, his years on Alabama's death row, and the experience of freedom. After the talk, he will be available after the talk to sign copies of his book, "The Sun Does Shine," copies of which may be purchased at the event

Co-sponsored by the Department of Africana Studies, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, and the Rooney. Center for the Study of American Democracy