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Alabama Officials Pardon Scottsboro Boys 82 Years After Injustice

Eighty-two years ago, all-white juries in Alabama imposed the death sentence on eight black teenagers falsely accused of raping two white women, setting the stage for a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Now, the Scottsboro boys are poised to be pardoned.

Jeremy King, a spokesman for Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, said he expects the bill to be signed this week allowing the posthumous pardons, reversing convictions that became a symbol of racial injustice in a case that led to the end of black exclusion from juries in the South.

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2 thoughts on “Alabama Officials Pardon Scottsboro Boys 82 Years After Injustice

  1. I believe the boys are all now deceased. What does it profit them now to be pardon from a crime they had nothing to do with. My question is will Alabama now charge the two lying White Woman with making a false police report

  2. D Oliver Martin says:

    Making a false statement to police is a crime…will those two women be now posthumously charged..?….There are too many of this type of false accusations….police need to stand back a bit and investigate further and not be so hasty to charge someone…History should be their guide.

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