Don’t miss this week’s article in the Nashville Scene by Laura Hutson about Ndume Olatushani’s return from death row:
Today, Olatushani speaks with a mixture of philosophical insight and prison colloquialisms, as befits a man who’s read more books than your average grad student, but who’s lived most of his life behind bars. That reflects the terrible irony of his situation: The positive outcome of the life he has now — a loving wife, a new start, a growing career as an artist — came as the result of a death sentence.
That sentence no longer hangs over his head. But the cost of his new life was the 27-year stretch he lost to mind-boggling misfortune and staggering setbacks at every level of the legal system, not to mention his own early bad choices. In a series of interviews with the Scene, he relayed the tortuous path that led to his awaiting execution in a Tennessee cell, and the fight that brought his freedom — led by a woman so convinced of his innocence she literally learned the law to save his life.
Read the rest of the story here.