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FILE - In this April 3, 2015 file photo, Pat Turner, left, hugs Anthony Ray Hinton as Hinton leaves the Jefferson County jail in Birmingham, Ala. Hinton spent nearly 30 years on Alabama's death row, and was set free after prosecutors told a judge they won't re-try him for the 1985 slayings of two fast-food managers. Another inmate, Donnis George Musgrove, who maintains he was wrongly convicted in a separate killing is now challenging his death sentence in a case with eerie similarities to Hinton's, down to allegations of botched ballistics evidence, a questionable eyewitness identification and the judge and prosecutor who handled both trials. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager, File)

Alabama man freed from death row relishes opportunity to cast vote


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A photo showing a smiling former death row inmate with a #VOTED sticker on his forehead has captured the social media spotlight.

Anthony Hinton spent 28 years on Alabama's death row before his release in 2015. The group that helped free him, Equal Justice Initiative, tweeted the picture with the message, "For 30 years, Mr. Hinton was stripped of all his rights while he sat on Alabama death row for a crime he didn't commit. Today, he arrived at the polls at 7am and exercised his right to vote."

The post has been retweeted and liked thousands of times.

Equal Justice Initiative spokeswoman Tania Cordes said Hinton was first in line at his polling place, arriving before the doors opened Tuesday. She said he wore the sticker on his forehead so no one would miss it.

Hinton was released after new ballistics tests contradicted the only evidence against him.

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