Whenever Denzel Washington sees a newspaper article about the the "Hurricane" controversy,
he just closes the paper, he told a Hollywood reporter.*
People risked their lives to tell the truth about Rubin Carter, but
Washington won't even read a news article that might lead him to that
If he did, he might know there was significant credible evidence that
resulted in Carter's two triple murder convictions. He might know the
former boxer got out of prison not because of conspiracies and manufactured
evidence, but because an extraordinarily liberal judge saw two procedural
errors that weren't to his liking.
The severity of the crime, the intensity of the debate, and Carter's
history of violence and anti-social behavior ought to be enough to
keep Mr. Washington's intellectual curiosity on alert. Instead he has
chosen to take the word of a man who has everything to gain by lying.
He multiplies his mistake by calling that man the embodiment of love.
Prosecutors who studied the facts called Rubin Carter the embodiment
of evil. They said Carter fired a shotgun into the back of a defenseless
man and into the body of a terrified mother of four. Twenty-four jurors,
including two blacks, agreed.
Mr. Washington ignores all this and promotes Rubin Carter as a worthy
hero. He uses his public voice to effectively disparage the work of
police and prosecutors who know they got the right man.
Denzel Washington has every right to share his considerable spotlight
with Rubin Carter, but the Academy would do well to turn that spotlight
-- Cal Deal, 2/21/00