Arizona immigration suit © John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune

Century Marks

In B&W: In 1983 Shabaka WaQlimi came within 15 hours of being executed in Florida for crimes he did not commit (he was charged with robbery, rape and murder). In 1987 he was released from prison after the 11th Court of Appeals ruled that the prosecution intentionally allowed false testimony at his trial. “Nobody knows what it’s like not being able to hug your child or touch your lover,” said WaQlimi, who was nearly 40 when released. The victim in his case was a white woman. “Nobody is going to Death Row for killing a black person,” he said. He has become a spokesperson for People of Faith Against the Death Penalty (Charlotte Post, June 24).


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