Shawn is a great admirer of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, for obvious reasons. One of his most memorable quotes is: “To live in a world where truth matters and justice, however late, really happens, that world would be heaven enough for us all.”
Rubin Carter died this morning at age 76. Immortalized in Bob Dylan’s song from the mid-70’s and in a film several years ago in which he was portrayed by Denzel Washington, Rubin was exonerated for a triple murder he didn’t commit. Sadly, this came after many years of incarceration.
When I was dean at the University of San Diego, my wife and I have the great pleasure and honor of meeting and spending time with Rubin. He came to USD at the behest of our colleague, Judge Lee Sarokin, the federal judge who released Carter from prison after overwhelming evidence showed his innocence. Carter, ebullient, sensitive, and at peace, spoke easily and movingly about his experience. For all the years following his release, he campaigned tirelessly on behalf of criminal justice reform, efforts to release the wrongly convicted, and against the death penalty.
His legacy, like the legacy of others wrongfully…
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