The End of Normal

  • Anthony Ray Hinton is a black man from Alabama who was wrongly convicted of two murders in 1985 and spent 30 years on death row before being exonerated and released in 2015.

  • Hinton was convicted based on the testimony of a ballistics expert who claimed that bullets found at the crime scenes matched a gun found in Hinton’s mother’s home. However, the expert’s analysis was later found to be deeply flawed and based on outdated methods.

  • Hinton’s defense team was appointed by the court and had limited resources, which made it difficult for them to mount a proper defense. They also failed to hire their own ballistics expert to challenge the prosecution’s case.

  • Despite new evidence coming to light that suggested Hinton was innocent, it took decades of legal battles before he was finally granted a new trial in 2014. At that trial, the prosecution was unable to prove their case, and Hinton was acquitted and released from prison.

  • Hinton’s case is often cited as an example of the flaws in the American criminal justice system, including inadequate defense resources, over-reliance on unreliable forensic evidence, and racial bias.

  • Since his release, Hinton has become an advocate for criminal justice reform and has spoken out about the need for greater accountability and transparency in the legal system. He has also written a book about his experience, called “The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row.”

1 Lynching In America: Anthony Ray Hinton’s Story

7 aug. 2017

Visit, a storytelling project about racial terror by the Equal Justice Initiative and Google.
Anthony Ray Hinton spent 30 years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit. This is his story.
Equal Justice Initiative, with support from Google, has launched the interactive experience Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror (
This platform digitizes EJI’s extensive research and resulting data on lynchings of of African Americans between 1877 and 1950, and features oral histories that reveal the ways in which this era shapes our world today. This platform digitizes EJI’s extensive research and resulting data on lynchings of

2 The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton

24 mrt. 2018

What would you do?

3 Anthony Ray Hinton Awarded Honorary Doctorate Degree

22 mei 2019

On May 19, EJI Community Educator and former client, Anthony Ray Hinton was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by St. Bonaventure University in New York. Mr. Hinton spent nearly 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit. EJI represented him and won his freedom in 2015. He has since joined our staff and has been speaking around the country on issues concerning the urgent need for criminal justice reform. One of his first speaking engagements was at St. Bonaventure University. He made such an impression that students invited him to return as their commencement speaker and to receive the honorary degree. Dr. Hinton’s work continues at EJI.
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4 Exonerated death row inmate Anthony Ray Hinton

5 apr. 2018

Anthony Ray Hinton writes, The Sun Does Shine.

5 The Sun Does Shine – a memoir by Anthony Ray Hinton

16 mrt. 2018

The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row, a memoir by Anthony Ray Hinton. In this video, Ray speaks of how reading saved his life in prison, and how he and other inmates started a book club.

6 Interview with a Death Row Inmate who was INNOCENT.

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Anthony Ray Hinton spent 30 years on Death Row in Alabama, waiting for his turn to face the electric chair. At 29 years of age he was convicted of killing two white restaurant workers. The police officers who arrested him, the judge, prosecutor and jury who sentenced him were all white. As a poor, young black man, Anthony remembers he “didn’t stand a chance.” In 2015, after three decades behind bars, Anthony was set free. The state of Alabama has never apologized or compensated Anthony in any way. Our reporter Colm Flynn sat down with Mr. Hinton for this remarkable interview to hear how he learned to forgive, and how his faith now today, is stronger than ever.

7 Anthony Ray Hinton Speech at Emory Commencement 2023

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9 mei 2023
Activist, writer and justice advocate Anthony Ray Hinton delivered the keynote address at Emory University’s 178th Commencement ceremony on Monday, May 8, 2023, on the Emory Quadrangle. Hinton spent 30 years on Alabama’s Death Row for crimes he did not commit.

8 Oprah and author Anthony Ray Hinton on “The Sun Does Shine”.

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5 jun. 2018

“CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King speaks to Oprah Winfrey and author Anthony Ray Hinton in the Toyota Green Room about Oprah’s latest book club pick, Hinton’s “The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row.” Hinton spent nearly 30 years on death row for crimes he did not commit until he was released in 2015.

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12 jun. 2018

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10 HIDDEN HEROES: Wrongly Convicted Man Who Spent 30 Years on Death Row Inspires With His Story

14 jun. 2018

Anthony Ray Hinton and his close friend Lester Bailey tell the story of their friendship and the story of Hinton’s exoneration.

11 – 60 Minutes preview: The path for exonerated prisoners

8 jan. 2016

On 60 Minutes, Scott Pelley interviews a man who spent 30 years on death row before being exonerated. 60 Minutes producer Henry Schuster joins CBSN with more on the story of Ray Hinton and what led to his arrest.

12 Anthony Ray Hinton: How he survived Death Row

10 mei 2015

Anthony Ray Hinton spent 30 years on Alabama’s Death Row. In his first interview with local media, after his release in April, 2015, Hinton describes what it was like on Death Row and the challenges he faces as a free man after years of incarceration

13 Anthony Ray Hinton, Conversation, 10 January 2016

21 feb. 2016

Anthony Ray Hinton spoke with Ben Harmon about Hinton’s arrest, conviction, death sentence, and exoneration. This was a special Lannan Cultural Freedom event.

9 mrt. 2017

Former Alabama Death Row inmate Anthony Ray Hinton talks about his meeting with Facebook founder and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg

15 Anthony Ray Hinton and Mayor Randall Woodfin

3 apr. 2019

Anthony Ray Hinton of Alabama was wrongly convicted of the 1985 murders of two fast food restaurant managers in Birmingham, sentenced to death, and held on the state’s death row for 28 years.In 2015 the Supreme Court of the United States unanimously overturned his conviction on appeal, and the state dropped all charges against him.

16 Anthony Hinton Discusses His Exoneration

11 jun. 2015

Anthony Hinton talks about his experience on Alabama’s death row, his exoneration, and his release from prison.

17 IJP Speaker Series Part 2 – Anthony Ray Hinton – The Cascading Consequences of Wrongful Conviction

18 nov. 2016

Anthony Ray Hinton, a death row exoneree, shares his story of wrongful conviction, survival on Alabama’s death row, and decades-long journey to exoneration and freedom. The New Mexico Innocence and Justice Fall Speaker Series is made possible through the generous support of the Lannan Foundation.

18 Spotlight on St. John’s featuring author Anthony Ray Hinton

7 nov. 2019

“Spotlight on St. John’s” featuring author Anthony Ray Hinton, “The Sun Does Shine” Highlights from the 2019 New Student Convocation featuring guest speaker, Anthony Ray Hinton. (QPTV-September, 2019)

19 Oprah Winfrey Facebook Live with Anthony Ray Hinton

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29 jun. 2018

Oprah Winfrey Live on Facebook talking about the book ‘The Sun Does Shine’ written by Anthony Ray Hinton
Oprah Winfrey (born Orpah Gail Winfrey; January 29, 1954) is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Dubbed the “Queen of All Media”, she was the richest African American of the 20th century and North America’s first multi-billionaire black person[10], and has been ranked the greatest black philanthropist in American history. Several assessments rank her as the most influential woman in the world.
The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row (Oprah’s Book Club Summer 2018 Selection)
by Anthony Ray Hinton, Bryan Stevenson (Introduction), Lara Love Hardin

20 The Sun Does Shine | Anthony Ray Hinton | Talks at Google

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24 apr. 2018

Anthony Ray Hinton was wrongfully imprisoned on death row in Alabama for nearly thirty years. In his book “The Sun Does Shine” and this talk, he recalls the powerful and moving story of how he was convicted and eventually exonerated.

Anthony Ray Hinton – Part 1: | Oprah’s Super Soul Podcast | Presented By Hyundai


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Anthony Ray Hinton’s memoir, “The Sun Does Shine,” an Oprah’s Book Club selection, chronicles his ability to endure, survive and thrive. Oprah sits down with Anthony to talk about his transformative, gripping and emotional story of faith, forgiveness and redemption. Oprah says, “I’ve been listening to people’s stories for most of my career, since I was 19 years old, and this is one of the most incredible stories I’ve ever heard.” In 1985, 29-year-old Anthony was convicted of the brutal murders of two fast food workers in Birmingham, Alabama. Despite no eyewitnesses, no evidence against him and a solid alibi, he was found guilty and sentenced to death. For 30 years, he suffered in isolation and darkness on death row, serving time for crimes he did not commit. Somehow, Anthony found a way to hold on to hope, remain positive and inspire his fellow inmates.

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Oprah continues her extraordinary interview with wrongly convicted death row inmate Anthony Ray Hinton, who shares a remarkable story about an unlikely friendship he formed in prison. He explains how he eventually found his way to freedom through the help of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson and the Equal Justice Initiative. Anthony describes how he felt on the day he was finally released in 2015 and how he adjusted to life outside prison. He also shares the powerful lessons he learned on death row: the true meaning of compassion, the root of racism and how we can all overcome our circumstances and learn how to love. Anthony’s memoir, “The Sun Does Shine,” is the latest selection for Oprah’s Book Club.

21 Jesus revives a cooked fish – MIRACLE

22 feb. 2015

There’s an old song that asks if you believe in miracles. The answer would be easy after witnessing this miraculous event when Jesus brings a cooked fish back to life on the plate!
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