Real Justice: Jailed for Life for Being Black: The Story of Rubin

Real Justice: Jailed for Life for Being Black: The Story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter

by Bill Swan


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Rubin Carter was in and out of reformatories and prisons from the age of twelve. At twenty-four, he became a winning professional boxer and was turning his life around. But Carter was also very vocal about racism in the local New Jersey police force. In 1966, local policemen arrested Carter and a friend for a triple murder. The two were convicted and sent to jail for life. Carter spent nearly twenty years in jail, proclaiming his innocence.

A teen from Brooklyn, Lesra Martin, heard Carter's story and believed he was innocent. He and a small group of Canadians contacted Carter and began working with Carter's lawyers in New York to get the boxer exonerated. In 1985, a judge released Carter, ruling that Carter's conviction had been based not on evidence, but on racism.

Carter moved to Canada in 1985, where until his death in 2014 he worked helping others prove that they had been wrongfully convicted.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781459406650
Publisher: Lorimer, James & Company, Limited
Publication date: 03/01/2015
Series: Lorimer Real Justice Series
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: HL760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Bill Swan is the author of nine Sports Stories novels and another Real Justice title on Steven Truscott, which won the 2013 Red Maple Non Fiction Award. Bill lives in Courtice, Ontario.

Table of Contents

Foreword 7

1 The Shooting 12

2 Night on the Town 20

3 Crime Scene 28

4 He's My Brother 35

5 Boxing Boast 46

6 A Title Shot 52

7 Bello's Story 62

8 The Trial 75

9 Life in Prison 83

10 Enter the Stars 90

11 The Second Trial 97

12 The Hole in the Wall 103

13 Lesra's Letter 107

14 Free at Last 114

15 Rescuing Others 122

After the Bell

i Fighting for Others 125

ii Hurricane: The Movie 128

iii Dr. Rubin Carter 130

iv The Heroes 132

Author's Note 134

Glossary 136

Additional Resources 139

Index 143

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