Magazine article Corrections Today

The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row

Magazine article Corrections Today

The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row

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"The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row"

Written by Anthony Ray Hinton with Lara Love Hardin, St. Martin's Press (March 27, 2018), 272 pp.

If convicted of a capital crime that you did not commit, one would expect the hate in your heart to run oh so deep. One would expect that your belief in God would be tested and you would feel forsaken. This is the way Anthony Ray Hinton felt. In "The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row," Hinton describes how he was sentenced to death based on his identification as the killer of three people, a situation where he was identified as the killer of one victim and was charged for the other two based on how similar the crimes were. Hinton believes there were a few matters in his sentencing that didn't make sense. He was sentenced to death based on ballistics that appeared to have been made up. He was sentenced to death as one of the investigators pointed him out because he was black, while the jury the judge, the prosecution and his defense attorney were white. Hinton also believes that one of the people who identified him as the killer was someone he had previous conflict with and may have been identified based on the grudge this individual carried.

Hinton would spend the first several years focusing on his hate and feeling abandoned by God. Then one night, as he listened to a fellow inmate sob, something came over him and he realized that he had choices - even on death row. …

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