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Scottsboro Boys
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The state of Alabama recently took a step towards righting one of the most egregious miscarriages of justice ever perpetrated in this country, issuing posthumous pardons to three members of the “Scottsboro Boys,” who were wrongly accused in 1931 of raping two white women on a train. Eight of the nine charged were swiftly convicted and sentenced to death by an all-white jury, with a mistrial being declared for the ninth, 13-year-old Roy Wright. A lengthy legal battle ensured, and the case has been called one of the major precursors to the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

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