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The poorer the defendant, the more guilty they are

The case of an Alabama man recently released from death row may show us a glimpse into the future of our own justice system

8 April 2015

Last week, Anthony Ray Hinton was freed having spent nearly three decades awaiting execution on death row in the United States. He had previously been convicted of the 1985 murders of two restaurant managers in Birmingham, Alabama, but thanks to the dogged determination of one non-profit organisation, the Equal Justice Initiative, he has finally been released.

In a case that has been widely reported, bullets collected from the crime scene were found to be the only evidence linking Hinton to the double murder. Yet at a recent retrial, prosecutors explained that by using modern forensic methods, three experts with the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences had failed to match the bullets to a .38-caliber revolver found in Hinton's home.

How did such a miscarriage of justice occur? Well, according to the Want to read on?

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