In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, and only twenty-nine years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free.But with no money and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton...
|Title||:||The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row|
|Number of Pages||:||272 pages|
The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row Reviews
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Anthony Ray Hinton was convicted of murder and spent 30 years on Death Row in Alabama. His cell was close enough to the execution block that all his senses knew when someone’s time had come.
Hinton’s public defender was incompetent and so was the star witness in ballistics who happened to be blind in one eye and asked for help in doing his job. Add to that a district attorney with an axe to grind, an all white jury and judg ...more
One of the most important nonfiction books I’ve ever read was Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. He does an excellent job about teaching us how unjust the justice system is and follows several cases where innocent men were sent to prison or death row for crimes they did not commit.
When I saw he wrote the forward for this memoir, I knew I had to read it. Anthony Ray Hinton was put on death row at age 29 for crimes he was completely innocent of. Eventually, he got Bryan Stevenson to work on his case. ...more
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The Sun Does Shine is a powerful and important memoir, showing a discouraging side of our legal system and an incredible testament of stamina and hope.
In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was convicted of murder in Alabama and sentenced to the electric chair. He was a 29 year old, poor, black man who had a job, a happy disposition and was a devoted son to his loving mother. The judicial system did not protect Hinton as it s ...more
After finishing The Sun Does Shine, I had a range of emotions. Right at the top I was angry. I was mad at the injustice of Anthony Ray Hinton being arrested for a crime he did not commit. Second, I was mad at the whole process of representation because he was poor. Then I was angry at how racist the whole judicial system is. Anthony said it best when he said judges traded their white robes for black.
Hopeful that evidence in his case would set him free. He passed a polygraph test, but isn’t admi ...more
‘The race is not given to the quick but to the one who endures.’
This week I immersed myself into this touching true story of a wrongly incarcerated man, called Anthony Ray Hinton. Like he did, when he travelled into his dream world with the power of his thoughts, I tried to use my imagination to enter his. Day after day, chapter are chapter, his anger, frustration, but also strong will, got slowly transferred onto me. And the feeling I wore at the end of each day became quickly unbearable. I can ...more
I read Bryan Stevenson's book, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, back in 2016 and that book has STUCK WITH ME. So there was no question that I would read this book, about one of the many innocent people Stevenson and his Equal Justice Initiative has fought hard to free after they have been wrongly convicted as guilty and sentenced to death. Thanks to Stevenson my viewpoint was forever changed about the death penalty, and this book further cemented it. This book is about a terrible i ...more
Wow, this was such a heartbreaking read.
It also had my blood boiling. Who are these people elected in to play God? The State of Alabama should be so embarrassed.
This was such an interesting and touching story. I read a lot of it with (I'm sure) a shocked look on my face when I could not believe all the imbecile moves being played behind the scenes with Hinton's life.
I really found the part about Henry very interesting, as well.
Good luck on any and all future endeavors Mr. Hinton. You deserve it. ...more
Beautifully written, I really sunk my teeth into this fascinating story of the wrongful conviction of Anthony Ray Hinton, a young black man who spent 30 years on Alabama's Death Row. His crime? Nothing more than being born black and poor in Alabama. He was convicted of the robbery, kidnap and attempted murder of one man, and the brutal murder of two others in a short period of time. Similar robbery killings continued after he was locked up, but no one cared.
All but the fact that he had an excel ...more