Last spring, the Alabama Legislature passed a law to allow the parole board to issue posthumous pardons for convictions at least 75 years old. The law was specifically designed to allow the pardon of the Scottsboro Boys to go forward. In October, a group of scholars petitioned the Board of Pardons and Paroles to grant pardons to the men. The petition was endorsed by the judges and district attorneys of the counties where the initial trials took place. Under Alabama law, pardons can only be granted to those who have felony convictions on their record. The petitioners had initially hoped the board would review the status of each of the defendants.See story here.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
USA Today is reporting that Alabama's parole board has voted "to grant posthumous pardons in the Scottsboro Boys 1931 rape case." It is reported that the Board "unanimously approved" a petition for clemency "after a short hearing in Montgomery."