Wrongly Convicted: Ruben "Hurricane" Carter Dead at 76

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Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, 76, a man wrongly convicted of murder in Paterson, NJ in 1966 is dead.    

Three White people were shot by two black men in in a Paterson Bar and grill in June 1966.  Carter and his friend John Artis were arrested and convicted shortly after.  They spent 19 years in prison with the sentence starting in 1967.  Carter fought the conviction receiving another trial in 1976 where they were again convicted him of the triple murder ten years earlier. 

Carter was a world class boxer with a professional record of 27-12-1 with 19 knockouts.  He gained international attention when Bob Dylan penned a song called, “Hurricane” in 1975; in 1999 Denzel Washington starred as Carter in the movie ‘Hurricane”.  Washington won a Golden Globe award for his work on the film and during the acceptance speech he said, "This man right here is love," Washington said while onstage with Carter at the Golden Globes ceremony in early 2000. "He's all love. He lost about 7,300 days of his life, and he's love. He's all love."


Carter’s efforts at redress included help from people like Muhammad Ali and Bob Dylan.

November 1985, his convictions were set a side following public outcry and years of constant appeals. 

The undersized middleweight has lost the ultimate fight against prostate cancer and died in his adopted home town of Toronto, CN.  He is a beacon for justice and courage in the face of overwhelming racism and oppression. 

He said of his jail stay, "When I walked into prison, I refused to wear their stripes," Carter said. "I refused to eat their food. I refused to work their jobs, and I would have refused to breathe the prison's air if I could have done so."

Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, dead at 76.

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