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Dan White served 4 years for a double murder—which the jury called manslaughter. White spent a long time planning out the murders. He entered a government building through a basement window to evade electronic surveillance of his revolver—but his lawyers were still able to use the “Twinkie” defense. Supposedly the Twinkies White ate earlier caused White to experience high blood sugar, a radical condition … so he wasn’t guilty of murder.

White was a former police officer who murdered two high ranking government officials he had disagreements with. There were 3 people directly related to police officers on the jury. Often it’s not what you did that counts … It’s more what color you are and who you know.

Posted April 29, 2014 9:47 am 


The Bob Dylan song about him is a good song, I don’t think so many famous people would have campaigned for a guilty murderer to be set free, domestic assault is a far lesser crime than murder, 20 months vs 20 years.

Posted April 29, 2014 4:44 am 


A lot of people were very joyous when Carter was finally set free. It was a long struggle for many people to free him. It was a struggle that went on for two decades.

There are a lot of innocent people in prison. But if they lose the DNA samples, or other evidence disappears, you’re pretty much screwed. People are convicted on opinions, but only freed on absolutely incontrovertible facts.

Posted April 28, 2014 11:19 pm 


I enjoyed the article and it was a brave stand up thing to do, loyalty is hard to find and I believe as the article says or hints at Carter had very bad points and good points. As to the case, Carter and Artis did not fit the description of the shooters, both described as 6′ tall. Carter was 5’8. The surviving witness, said on the night of the shooting, Carter was not the one. So, people will always hate Carter no matter what the Fed court said to throw out the conviction as a travesty of justice. They will hate and spew venom about the guy, Some have good reason, others do not. Carter helped other people in jail but is known for turning his back on his family and some close friends too. The thing of it is, if at the time anyone of us is in trouble and it looks like we are innocent, not many people outside your blood relatives will put it all on the line for a friend. For that I give the man credit whether Carter ended up deserving it or not, that guy was there in the beginning for him. Tragic case for all concerned all the way around.

Posted April 28, 2014 7:48 pm 


Drusome. i agree with you, he was guilty….

Posted April 28, 2014 7:45 pm 


XavierL forget about what people think the facts say he was a murderer and woman beater. He also legitimately lost to Joey Girdello and the movie makers were successfully sued for their false portrayal of the bout.

Posted April 28, 2014 6:09 pm 


Some think He was an innocent man that would have been a world champion if it had not been for a wrongful conviction, others think he was a murder and woman beater that should have died in prison. I don’t know what I believe.

Posted April 28, 2014 10:35 am 


Good Article. The man died and I want to say that in many ways he was and remains an inspiration to many. “The Language of the Ring “

Posted April 28, 2014 7:44 am 


the real truth will come out one day.

Posted April 28, 2014 5:08 am 


I have read both books, Lazurus and the Hurricane and the 16th Round, Carter was no Angel, but a murderer ..?? I don’t think so, so many people are behind bars today when they shouldn’t be, Police corruption is still rife.

Posted April 28, 2014 4:09 am 


carter got a bad deal in life. and that happens to billions of very good people. but no good, generous, kind, considerate, and hard working person gets a bad deal in the next life. that includes carter.

he’s happy and free now, and praying for us to get there too.

Posted April 28, 2014 1:57 am 


We will never forget the story, struggle, and triumph of Ruben “Hurricane” Carter. Carter was a true fighter in every sense of the word. The man fought a decades long battle for one of the most basic principles of human life – FREEDOM!

Posted April 27, 2014 11:52 pm 


An excellent well written article though I have grave doubts myself on Carters innocence. I congratulate mr. Lipton for his entry into the New Jersey Hall of Fame.

Posted April 27, 2014 7:05 pm 


A tough call on Carter

He certainly was no Angel though, and his storey was not as clear as Bob Dylon would have us believe..

Posted April 27, 2014 5:04 pm 


Fon lipton was a man with a lot of virtue, and a great friend, , can’t say the same about carter.

Posted April 27, 2014 5:03 pm 


Thank you kindly.

Posted April 27, 2014 3:30 pm 

Prof Konje

A very nice article. I applaud Lipton’s courage to do what he believed was the right thing to do despite the pressure to do otherwise. I consider myself fortunate to have seen Carter fight and read articles in Ring magazine when he was active. Carter got a very bad deal in life. RIP.

Posted April 27, 2014 3:19 pm 

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