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Last of 'Scottsboro Boys' pardoned, closing South's infamous case
Last of 'Scottsboro Boys' pardoned, closing South's infamous case

The Alabama parole board on Thursday granted posthumous pardons in the "Scottsboro Boys" rape case, seeking to correct one of the more infamous racist cases that scarred the Deep South in the 1930s and that has reverberated through the nation’s consciousness ever since. The board unanimously approved a petition granting a posthumous pardon to three of the group who still had convictions on their records. The pardons had been expected since the Alabama Legislature passed a law in the spring to allow the board to grant pardons for crimes older than 75 years — a move specifically directed at closing the last part of the case. The case had all the elements that marked...

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