Wrongly convicted, he was on death row for decades. On Tuesday, he cast a vote for president.
“From a symbolic perspective, it is deeply meaningful that Mr. Hinton voted today in Alabama,” said Blair Bowie, legal counsel for the Campaign Legal Center, which focuses on voting rights restoration. Alabama’s Jim Crow-era constitution “openly intended felony disenfranchisement and the biased criminal legal system that ensnared Mr. Hinton to work hand in hand to squash Black political power,” she added. “Casting a ballot represents a culmination of Mr. Hinton’s victory over that system.”
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