Eye of the Hurricane: My Path from Darkness to Freedom

Eye of the Hurricane: My Path from Darkness to Freedom

Language: English

Pages: 352

ISBN: 1613748159

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Eye of the Hurricane: My Path from Darkness to Freedom is a self-portrait of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a twentieth-century icon and controversial victim of the U.S. justice system turned spokesperson for the wrongfully convicted. In this moving narrative Dr. Carter tells of all the "prisons" he has survived--from his childhood through his wrongful incarceration and after. A spiritual as well as a factual autobiography, Eye of the Hurricane explores Carter's personal philosophy, born of the unimaginable duress of wrongful imprisonment and conceived through his defiance of the brutal institution of prison and ten years of solitary confinement. His is not a comfortable story or a comfortable philosophy, but it offers hope for those who have none and serves as a call to action for those who abhor injustice. Eye of the Hurricane may well change the way we view crime and punishment in the twenty-first century.

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Jamesburg. That had to be a terrible embarrassment to my father with the neighbors looking on. I could see in his eyes what he didn’t say: Here we go again. The cops are in my house. Rubin’s in more trouble. When I was taken to Annandale Reformatory, he wouldn’t speak to me. I think the incident with Jimmy played an even larger role in his rejection of me than the embarrassment in front of the neighbors. The fact that Jimmy was a hugely successful academic—later he was to become one of the

happened that way. On August 28, 2007, the Ontario Court of Appeal finally acquitted Steven Truscott of the killing of Lynne Harper. Forty-eight years after his original conviction. Just imagine what it meant for him to wait forty-eight years for justice! Maher Arar is a Syrian-born Canadian citizen, a computer software engineer, who in 2002 was kidnapped by the United States on his way back from Tunisia to Montreal and flown to his native country for interrogation. During Bill Clinton’s

kept out of the courtroom and away from the jury. Why? If Cruz and Hernandez were to get off, the DA’s office would look incompetent and corrupt. So what did they do? They tried to put two innocent people back on death row! What difference would it make? They were just Hispanics. In 1990, Cruz and Hernandez, echoing my own experience, were convicted again, but this time only Cruz was sentenced to death. In May 1992, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the convictions. In 1994, Larry Marshall

cackle. It flew only in a brief thrashing of wings and a flurry of feathers, never attempting to fly more than a few feet off the ground, before it would come crashing back to earth. That’s what all prairie chickens do. As time passed, the eagle grew old, tough, and thin. It was beginning to get tired as well. Scratching in the dirt for seeds and insects to eat was very fatiguing work for one so big, one built to do much larger things. One day, while scratching for its dinner, its eye was

forgiveness than revenge. The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in 2005 that executing children was cruel and unusual punishment and has banned the practice, at least for now. Judges, even before the ruling against executions, have been intimidated by a vocal majority of Americans (more than 65 percent in support of capital punishment) into handing out draconian prison sentences, mostly to teenagers of a darker skin color. Were McCallum guilty of the crime, and I maintain that he was not

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