Anthony Ray Hinton

Anthony Ray Hinton 2State of Conviction: Alabama

Race: African American

Wrongful Conviction: Robbery-Murder

Exonerated Date: 2015

Years Served: 29

Anthony Ray Hinton’s death penalty case was appealed all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States, which paved the way for his exoneration in April 2015. His case rested on shoddy ballistics and mistaken eyewitness testimony, and a polygraph he passed was not allowed into evidence by the trial judge. In 1986, it took the jury just one hour to convict Anthony of both murders by a vote of 10-2. Alabama is one of three states that does not require a unanimous verdict to send a person to death row.

Anthony Ray Hinton

Anthony Ray Hinton at a press conference upon his exoneration, with lawyer Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative looking on.

Source: Witness to Innocence

Read more about Anthony’s innocence here.