Author Anthony Ray Hinton to speak at Westfield State University’s Guest Lecture Series

WESTFIELD, MA — As part of Westfield State University’s guest lecture series, Anthony Ray Hinton, author of The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row will share his 30-year story of survival in the hallway of Alabama’s death and its decades-long journey to exoneration and freedom. Her book is a New York Times bestseller and an Oprah’s Book Club pick. Hinton is also a member of the Equal Justice Institute.

Hinton’s story is a decades-long journey to exoneration and freedom.

In 1985, Hinton was convicted of the unsolved murders of two fast food managers based on testimony from state ballistics experts who claimed the murder bullets came from a dusty revolver found in the closet. of Hinton’s mother.

Without the help of a competent expert to challenge the state’s theory (Hinton’s attorney hired a ballistics expert who was blind in one eye), an all-white jury found Hinton guilty and he was convicted. sentenced to death.

After years of petitioning to have the revolver retested, three independent experts concluded that the bullets could not have been fired from his mother’s revolver.

With the help of the Equal Justice Initiative, led by attorney Bryan Stevenson, Hinton was freed in 2015.

Since his release, Hinton has traveled the world to share his story and discuss the changes that need to be made to prevent similar injustices from happening to others.

In 2018, Mr. Hinton published The Sun Shines: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Rowwho was selected for Oprah’s Book Club and is a New York Times Bestseller. In 2019, he received an honorary doctorate from Saint-Bonaventure University.

Hinton will speak April 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the Woodward Center. Registration is required and can be found here:

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