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John Artis, a Norfolk youth counselor who was twice jailed along with former middleweight boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the subject of the motion picture "The Hurricane," will present a lecture about their legal struggles at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, in room 104 of the Batten Arts and Letters Building at Old Dominion University.

The lecture is presented by the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice.

A 19-year-old at the time of the killings, Artis was an active Boy Scout and member of the church where he sang in the choir. He and Carter, a top boxer at the time, were arrested on suspicion of murder after they were stopped in a car that matched the description of a vehicle used in a triple murder that night.

Artis was released on parole in 1981 after 15 years in jail. Since then, he has worked with and counseled youth that have been the victims of molestation or placed in group homes or detention centers.

Carter, a one-time contender for boxing's world championship, was released from jail in 1988 after judges threw out the charges against him. He became the subject of two major books, " Hurricane: The Miraculous Journey of Rubin Carter" and "Lazarus and the Hurricane: The Freeing of Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter" and, eventually, the subject of the Academy Award-nominated film, "The Hurricane," starring Denzel Washington.

For more information on the lecture, call 683-3791.

This article was posted on: September 20, 2000

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