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Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter has died at 76 years old

Family, friends, and fans of boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter were saddened to hear of his death. Carter died at 76 years old reported the New York Daily News on April 20, 2014. Carter was on his way to becoming a middleweight contender when in 1966 he was wrongfully convicted for the murder of a bartender and two patrons of a Paterson, New Jersey bar.

 Rubin Carter looks on during the Justice WA Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter Gala Dinner at the Sheraton Hotel on February 20, 2010 in Perth, Australia.
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While Carter was in jail he wrote an autobiography, "The Sixteenth Round," which attracted the support of Muhammad Ali and Coretta Scott King. Bob Dylan also became interested in Carter and wrote the song "Hurricane" about him. Carter spent nearly two decades in jail before the triple homicide conviction against him was exposed as a sham.

Carter lost his last big fight in life to prostate cancer which had caused his weight to drop to 90 pounds. His longtime friend John Artis, who was wrongly convicted of the same crime, had been caring for Carter when he died in Toronto on Sunday. Carter was twice wrongfully convicted in the killings of two customers and a bartender in 1966 inside the Lafayette Bar & Grill in Paterson, New Jersey. Than after 19 long years a federal judge overturned his second conviction. The federal judge ruled the prosecution’s behavior was “as heinous as the crimes for which Carter was tried and convicted.”

The wrongful murder conviction of Carter became an international symbol of racial injustice reports ESPN. His friend Artis said Carter died in his sleep Sunday. The ordeal Carter lived through and the alleged racial motivations which were behind it lead to a 1999 film starring Denzel Washington, who received an Academy Award nomination for playing Carter. Carter never gave up fighting for his own freedom and his reputation. He said just because a jury of 12 misinformed people found him guilty that did not make him guilty. Sadly, Carter's tragic life story shows us it is very naive to have faith in justice in America.

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