Friday, March 11, 2011

Ruben was guilty after all....

"This is the story of Hurricane, a man the authorities came to blame for something that he never done, put in a prison cell, but one time he could have been the champion of the world!"Bob Dylan tells us, but did he have the full facts of the story?



Four people were shot dead in Lafayette Grill in New Jersey in 1966. The Grill was known to be an anti - black establishment. Hurricane, a boxer of some repute, aka Rubin Carter is convicted by an all white jury.




It seems that Bob may not have heard the other side of the story. Eyewitnesses testified twice in two separate trials to the same information that they saw a black man speeding away, in a car later identified as Rubin Carter's by the police.

Another eyewitness to the murders states privately to three individuals that it was Rubin who committed the crime but would not testify to this as he had to live in the community after the fact and feared retribution. But four people are still dead....

In a New York Times article published on September 27th, 1974, that states witnesses Bello and Bradley recant their testimony and reveal they were given money for testifying.

Carter was a convicted felon who had committed assaults and robberies in the past and had been in jail.


So did Bob check with the police for a balance of evidence, or was he swayed by the "racist" card that was played. It was after all an era of time where prejudice against blacks was rife, but did this happen that year in New Jersey. It was not the deep south, after all.

But then there is this from the following link:
 http://www.answers.com/topic/rubin-carter

"Carter and Artis were taken to the Lafayette Grill and put up against the wall while the car was searched. They were then taken to the hospital. The police showed Carter and Artis to one of the shooting victims, who told police that neither man had shot him. The two men were then taken to the police department and held for 16 hours. Both men were questioned, passed lie detector tests, and were released. The next day, the assistant county prosecutor denied that Carter had ever been a suspect. Believing that the matter was settled, Carter left for Argentina to fight in his next bout.
On October 14, 1966, Carter was picked up by the police and charged with the murders at the Lafayette Grill. Prosecutors now had two witnesses who claimed that they saw Carter and Artis fleeing the scene of the crime. One of the witnesses, Alfred Bello, was an ex-convict who had been questioned on the night of the murders. Originally, Bello had told the police that he did not see who committed the shootings. The shooting victim who had seen Carter and Artis in the hospital, William Marins, had also changed his story and identified Carter and Artis as the perpetrators." ( he was the one who had to live in the community afterwards) "There was conflicting evidence about the getaway car, and the police department failed to collect fingerprints or conduct paraffin tests on Carter or Artis to see if they had fired any weapons.

... and this:

Carter was returned to Trenton State Prison, were he had previously served five years. He refused to wear prison clothes or shave, and swore that he would kill any prison official who touched him. Carter was immediately sent to solitary confinement, and remained there until doctors found a detached retina on his right eye. He had an operation in prison and, instead of fixing the old boxing injury, the operation left him blind in one eye. Although Carter was released from solitary confinement, he still refused to work or wear a striped prison uniform. Younger prisoners gave him food, which he ate in his cell. He also refused to attend his own parole hearings."

Not really the actions of a guilty man who had previously been in prison.



Rubin Carter served 19 years and after two trials where he was found guilty, a third court hearing in 1988 set aside the convictions based on procedural errors. One witness failed a lie detector test, but this was presented in 1985. Could you remember something important word for word fifteen years or so later? I know I probably would change vital words in my testimony without realising it, fifteen years later.


He studied law and went to work for a Canadian body of the wrongly convicted after his release from prison.


Rubin Carter now has an honorary doctorate from the Griffith University in Australia in" recognition of his contribution to civil rights and social justice throughout the world and for choosing life and humanity over defeat and bitterness"... interesting.
http://www.griffith.edu.au/law/innocence-project/pdf/hurricane-hits-the-law-school.pdf


Even Hollywood got in on the act, releasing the film "Hurricane" in 1999.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wteznuvigV8&feature=related 

Was he guilty as the police maintain or innocent and framed for the murder because he was in the vicinity? Something to ponder about, for the citizens of New Jersey, particularly those affected by this incident and all involved with Ruben Carter over the years.


4 comments:

  1. Check your facts about passing the lie detector test. This hurts your credibility.

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  3. Just because he liked punching. It doesnt make him a murderer. All lies.

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    1. True, but his/his team trying to pay people to lie in order to give him an alibi doesn't help, guns/ammunition that were used in the shootings were in his car, there was no such thing as a "parafin" test back then, as part of this article tries to say. Based upon what evidence is known, Carter was guilty as hell.

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