Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, boxer wrongly convicted of murder, dies

Former middleweight boxer Rubin Carter; falsely convicted of murder; subject of a Bob Dylan song. Carter spoke of his experience at Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, Mass. on March 24, 2011. (SOURCE: 	Michael Borkson/Wiki Media Commons)

Former middleweight boxer Rubin Carter; falsely convicted of murder; subject of a Bob Dylan song. Carter spoke of his experience at Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, Mass. on March 24, 2011. (SOURCE: Michael Borkson/Wiki Media Commons)

(CNN) — Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the middleweight boxing contender who was wrongly convicted of a triple murder in New Jersey in the 1960s, has died in Toronto, according to Win Wahrer, the director of client services for the Association in Defense

Former middleweight boxer Rubin Carter; falsely convicted of murder; subject of a Bob Dylan song. Carter spoke of his experience at Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, Mass. on March 24, 2011. (SOURCE: Michael Borkson/Wiki Media Commons)

Former middleweight boxer Rubin Carter; falsely convicted of murder; subject of a Bob Dylan song. Carter spoke of his experience at Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, Mass. on March 24, 2011. (SOURCE: Michael Borkson/WikiMedia Commons)

of the Wrongly Convicted.

Carter, 76, died of complications from prostate cancer, Wahrer said.

He was profiled in the 1975 Bob Dylan song “Hurricane” and a film entitled “The Hurricane” starring Denzel Washington, who was nominated for an Academy Award.

Carter spent 19 years in prison before a federal judge ruled in 1985 that he and John Artis, who was with Carter on the night of the killings, did not receive fair trials and released them. Artis was with Carter when he died Sunday morning, Wahrer said.

2 comments

  • airjackie

    Another American story for the History books of being a black man in Africa. Rubin’s problem was threatening to exposed an elected official and others who were molesting black boys. A special officer remembered him even after he grew up. Rubin became famous and his enemies saw a way of payback. A prosecutor saw a way of becoming a Judge and a Detective saw a way to destroy the man he hated for years. Everyone knew Rubin was innocent but that did not matter in the 60’s. Two people what lived after the shooting were never asked the ID of the killers. 10,000 reward was announced and a career criminal came forward. Two trials with forged documents and wrong dates and time with no evidence. 16 years later as Prosecutor became a Judge and the Detective first praised. Well 1985 on appeal the Judges saw how this case was fixed and officials knew it as Rubin was released. Many hold on to the guilt but it was Judge Sarokin who said it best. Rubin served 16 years for a crime he never did and the system failed him because of a corrupt cop/prosecutor and Judges who accepted forged/fake documents with no evidence. Just another story of being Black in America.

  • Steel Mill

    Now all the criminals in their coats and their ties
    Are free to drink martinis and watch the sun rise
    While Rubin sits like Buddha in a ten-foot cell
    An innocent man in a living hell
    That’s the story of the Hurricane
    But it won’t be over till they clear his name
    And give him back the time he’s done
    Put him in a prison cell but one time he could-a been
    The champion of the world

    So true…RIP

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