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: 9781459406674
Publisher: James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Publication date: 10/06/2014
Series: Lorimer Real Justice Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

BILL SWAN is the author of five novels and two other Real Justice titles: the award-winning Real Justice: Fourteen and Sentenced to Death on Steven Truscott, and Real Justice: Convicted for Being Mi'kmaq, the book about Donald Marshall, Jr. Bill lives in Courtice, Ontario.
BILL SWAN has worked as a journalism teacher, editor and newspaper columnist. He has written eleven books for children. Mud Run was nominated for a Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award and Real Justice: Fourteen and Sentenced to Death won the 2013 Red Maple Non Fiction Award. He lives in Courtice, Ontario with his wife and daughter.

Table of Contents


1 The Shooting
2 Night on the Town
3 Crime Scene
4 He's My Brother
5 Boxing Boast
6 A Title Shot
7 Bello's Story
8 The Trial
9 Life in Prison
10 Enter the Stars
11 The Second Trial
12 The Hole in the Wall
13 Lesra's Letter
14 Free at Last
15 Rescuing Others
After the Bell
i: Fighting for Others
ii: Hurricane: The Movie
iii: Dr. Rubin Carter
iv: The Heroes
Author's Note
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