Thursday, November 21, 2013
From The New York Times:
ATLANTA — More than 80 years after they were falsely accused and wrongly convicted in the rapes of a pair of white women in north Alabama, three black men received posthumous pardons on Thursday, essentially absolving the last of the “Scottsboro Boys” of criminal misconduct and closing one of the most notorious chapters of the South’s racial history.
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Thursday’s vote brought to an end to a case that yielded two landmark Supreme Court opinions — one about theinclusion of blacks on juries and another about the need foradequate legal representation at trial — but continued to hang over Alabama as an enduring mark of its tainted past.