Lecture: "From Death Row to a Life of Freedom"


Location: McCartan Courtroom, Notre Dame Law School


The Exoneration Project, American Constitution Society, Federalist Society, and Klau Center welcome Anthony Ray Hinton, an Alabama man who spent 30 years on death row for crimes he did not commit. Mr. Hinton will speak at Notre Dame Law School about his wrongful conviction in 1985, his years on Alabama’s death row, and the experience of freedom.

Arrested for a series of capital murders in his home town with no corroborating evidence, and with no history of violent crime, Mr. Hinton was convicted on the basis of testimony that a gun owned by his mother – which had not been fired in 25 years – was the gun used in all three murders. Insisting upon his innocence to the arresting officer, Mr. Hinton realized that guilt was not at issue. “I told him, ‘You have the wrong man.’ He said, ‘I don’t care whether you did it or not. You will be convicted.’”

Lacking adequate legal defense, no ballistic analysis was conducted until 2002, when qualified firearms experts testified that the bullets from all three crimes could not have been fired from Mrs. Hinton’s gun.

Hinton Book

“I’ve never had an apology, but I forgave those involved in my conviction long before I left prison,” Mr. Hinton has said since his exoneration. “I didn’t forgive them so they can sleep well at night. I did it so I can.” Mr. Hinton will be available after the talk to sign copies of his book, “The Sun Does Shine,” copies of which may be purchased at the event.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Africana StudiesKellogg Institute for International StudiesKroc Institute for International Peace Studies, and Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy.

Originally published at klau.nd.edu.