R.I.P. Ruben "Hurricane" Carter" (Open Thread)

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R.I.P Ruben "Hurricane" Carter, who died this weekend in Toronto of complications from prostate cancer at age 76.

Carter spent 19 years in prison for a triple killing in New Jersey before a federal judge ruled in 1985 that he and John Artis, who was with Carter on the night of the shootings, did not receive fair trials and released them.

Artis was with Carter when he died early Sunday morning.

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    Carter was born in Clifton NJ, same town (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by ruffian on Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 09:34:32 AM EST
    as my dad was, but 9 yrs later. The crime took place in Paterson, where my dad's grandparents got work when they 'got off the boat'. Both very hardscrabble working class towns.

    It just got my attention this morning during the NPR obituary...rarely hear those towns mentioned. and made me wonder about all the other lives there and how chance determines so much.

    Carter spent his life after incarceration trying to help others in the same situation. I am glad that it seems like he died at peace.

    Contrast (none / 0) (#1)
    by lentinel on Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 08:31:10 AM EST
    There were more people killed by General Motors in allowing the installation of an ignition switch they knew to be defective than were killed by the bombing of the marathon in Boston.

    There does not appear to me to be the same kind of effort on the part of law enforcement to indict and incarcerate those responsible at GM then there are to indict and incarcerate Dzhokhar.

    Neither is there a similar fervor on the part of the media.

    It stinks.

    I'm listening to Matt Taibbi's book (none / 0) (#2)
    by ruffian on Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 09:26:51 AM EST
    'The Divide' right now...he tells the story of a homeless young man busted for sleeping on a park bench, and later stopped and frisked and found with a joint in his pocket, getting sentenced to jail time while on the very same day in a courtroom a mile away HSBC was getting a slap on the wrist and no prison time for anyone for laundering drug money for possibly the same cartel that supplied the guy that got busted.

    As Taibbi says, no one asked about his 'collateral consequences'.


    I saw (none / 0) (#4)
    by lentinel on Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 09:36:28 AM EST
    him being interviewed on Colbert's show about "The Divide".

    What he said started me thinking and led me to what I wrote about GM above.

    We, the citizens, have got to do something about what is going on.

    We may as well still be under King George III.