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Scottsboro Boys resolution expected Feb. 4

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013 11:54 am | Updated: 11:55 am, Thu Jan 31, 2013.

A press conference is scheduled in Montgomery on Monday, Feb. 4 to announce a resolution calling for the exoneration of the Scottsboro Boys. 

Local lawmakers Sen. Shadrack McGill and Rep. John Robinson are expected to be at the press conference. Both McGill and Robinson have worked toward a resolution exonerating the Scottsboro Boys. 

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  • scottsboroconfidential posted at 9:18 am on Sat, Feb 2, 2013.

    scottsboroconfidential Posts: 26

    Well, the state apologized for slavery under the Riley administration, perhaps the Bentley administration can do the same for the Scottsboro Boys. 

    "The pardon or exoneration is a feel good act of politicians and glory seeking charlatans." - is not a valid reason to do the right thing; once and for all.[innocent]

  • Garry Morgan posted at 5:35 pm on Fri, Feb 1, 2013.

    Garry Morgan Posts: 372

    Get what done once and for all? Cover up the heinous acts of Jim Crow law and a hate filled populace's behavior? You can not pardon someone that is dead. There will be an attempt to exonerate via an act of the legislature, but that is unconstitutional. The legislature has no power to reverse a judicial decision of a court of law in a criminal case. That is called the seperation of powers, Alabama Constitution - Article III, Section 43; U.S. Constitution Articles 1,2,3. But that will not stop the process of politicians trampling on justuce once again so they may b.s. citizens for political purposes.

    What would work is an apology from Gov. Bentley and the State Legislature to African Americans in the State of Alabama for the racist acts of the past.
    Another suggestion would be the passing of legislation which funds race relations educartion in schools; or an act to adequately fund indigents legal defense in Alabama in the name of the Scottsboro Defendants. Those suggestions would cost money and the governor or legislature only wants a meaningless solution, not acts which serve to correct injustice or educate the populace.

    The pardon or exoneration is a feel good act of politicians and glory seeking charlatans. It does nothing to reverse the racism and discrimination of government or individuals.

    I disagree that it is a job well done as it does nothing substantial, and that is what the politicians want, along with the publicity.

  • scottsboroconfidential posted at 8:37 pm on Thu, Jan 31, 2013.

    scottsboroconfidential Posts: 26

    Excellent. Great job. Let's get this done once and for all. Ms. Washington is to be commended for a job well done.

    Awesome to see the participation of Decatur as well.