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Hot Type: A kinder, gentler Hurricane

The Story

Former prizefighter Rubin "Hurricane" Carter pulls no punches with his fists or his words. Twice convicted of a 1966 triple murder in Paterson N.J., Carter spent 22 years fighting to clear his name. With the release of James Hirsch's biography Hurricane: The Miraculous Journey of Rubin Carter, Carter discusses his angry prison autobiography The 16th Round, his views on the U.S. justice system and why he wouldn't change a thing about his experiences.

Medium: Television
Program: Hot Type
Broadcast Date: Feb. 4, 2000
Guest: Rubin “Hurricane” Carter
Host: Evan Solomon
Duration: 18:19

Did You know?

• Three Canadians -- Sam Chaiton, Terry Swinton, and Lisa Peters -- joined Rubin Carter's legal crusade in 1980 and helped secure his release in 1985. Carter moved into their Toronto commune and later married Peters. He moved out in 1994, later saying he felt like "trophy horse" and a prisoner. Carter and the three Canadians attended the 1999 premiere of The Hurricane -- directed by Canadian Norman Jewison -- but essentially ignored each other.
• Rubin Carter later lived in Toronto, where he served as executive director of the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted from 1993 to 2005. He resigned in protest after Ontario Crown prosecutor Susan MacLean, one of the prosecutors of wrongly convicted Guy Paul Morin, was promoted to a judgeship. 

• carter died on Apr. 20, 2014. He was 76. 




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