Black People : .....Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dead at 76

Keita Kenyatta

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Feb 7, 2004

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the former professional boxer who became an advocate for the wrongly convicted after spending 19 years in prison for a triple murder he didn't commit, died Sunday in Toronto. He was 76.
Carter's struggle for freedom and exoneration was made famous in a number of books, a Bob Dylan song and a Hollywood film. Although born in the U.S., Carter had a special connection to Canada, where he settled following his prison release, which came about with the help of a group of Canadians.
Carter's work continued until his death. In a recent letter in the New York Daily News printed in February, Carter said he was on his deathbed, but that his "final wish" was for Brooklyn's district attorney to grant a hearing to David McCallum, a man who has been imprisoned for 28 years for a murder Carter said he didn't commit.
Carter was cremated Sunday and no funeral or memorial service has been planned.
Carter grew up in Paterson, N.J., where he had a number of run-ins with the law in his youth. He later joined the U.S. Army and started boxing, travelling through Europe and accumulating a series of wins.
When he left the army, his troubles with the law continued and he ended up serving four years in prison, convicted of robberies and assault.
But he again turned his attention to boxing and turned pro in 1961. He began compiling an impressive record as a middleweight, scoring 11 knockouts in his first 15 fights.
His career came to an abrupt end when, on June 17, 1966, the then 30-year-old Carter and his acquaintance John Artis, were arrested for the fatal shooting of two men and a woman at the Lafayette Grill in Paterson.Carter's rapid-fire combinations and punching power earned him the nickname "Hurricane" and, by 1963, The Ring Magazine had rated him number 10 in world rankings. In 1964, Carter got a title shot against middleweight champion Joey Giardello. But he lost in a 15-round decision and, over the next few years, his fight record was mixed.
Although both professed their innocence and passed a lie-detector test, they were later charged with the murders.
Police had said Carter's car was similar to one spotted at Lafayette Grill. Investigators also had witnesses, two convicted felons who claimed they saw Carter and Artis come out of the tavern with guns in their hands. An all-white jury convicted the two and Carter was sentenced to three life terms in prison.
While in prison, Carter penned his autobiography: The Sixteenth Round: From Number 1 Contender to #45472. His book and a series of New York Times investigative stories raising questions about the case attracted attention and support from celebrities like Muhammad Ali and Bob Dylan (who co-wrote the song Hurricane).
By 1976, the two witnesses had recanted their story, and the New Jersey Supreme Court overturned the convictions. But in a second trial, one of the witnesses reaffirmed his original testimony. The prosecution also claimed that the murders were racially motivated and in retaliation for the killing of a black tavern owner by a white man that same day.
Carter and Artis were again found guilty.
Undeterred, their legal teams continued to try to prove their clients' innocence.
In 1980, Carter received a letter from Lazarus (Lesra) Martin, a young teen who had read his autobiography. Martin, an American who was living and being tutored in a Toronto commune, met and befriended Carter.
"This little 15-year-old kid read my SOS and came to help me, and with him came his Canadian family," Carter told the New York Daily News in 1999.
The Canadians moved to New Jersey and helped Carter's legal team. They discovered a number of improprieties with the case, including documentation that the prosecution had suppressed evidence.
With this new evidence, Carter's legal team launched a number of appeals. Although initially unsuccessful, a federal judge in 1985 finally ruled that the convictions

Jan 22, 2001
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Rest in Peace Brother Mister Rubin Hurricane Carter ... :bowdown:

Brother Keita Kenyatta ... thanks for sharing.

Love You!



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