The New Mexico Innocence and Justice Project, in partnership with the UNM School of Law, is hosting death row exoneree Anthony Ray Hinton to share his story of wrongful conviction and 30-year survival on Alabama’s death row.
Hinton will present “The Cascading Consequences of Wrongful Conviction” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10 at the UNM School of Law. A Q&A and speaker reception will follow the presentation.
Hinton has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, BBC News, the Guardian and several other print, online and broadcast media.
In 1985, Hinton was convicted of murdering two fast-food restaurant managers, based solely on testimony that bullets from the crime scenes matched a dusty revolver found in Hinton’s mother’s closet. Hinton did not have an expert to counter the State’s claims about the gun. He was quickly convicted and sentenced to death.
Hinton fought for independent testing and a new trial to prove his innocence, and in 2015, after spending three-decades on death row, Hinton was released after independent testing showed the crime scene bullets did not match the gun.
More than just a legal story, Hinton will recount his inner journey through the criminal justice system, sharing with his listeners the wisdom, compassion, and sense of humor that allowed him to survive and ultimately triumph over injustice.
Hinton’s presentation is part-two of a three-part New Mexico Innocence and Justice Project Fall Speaker Series at the UNM School of Law.
This event is free and open to the public, and parking is free in the Law School “L” parking lot. RSVPs are strongly encouraged as seating is limited. For more information and to register, please visit the Law School website or call (505) 277-8184.