Scottsboro Boys Museum Founders
"Her quest has won support from professors, lawyers and legislators. Her letter to Bentley, dated Aug. 15, is co-signed by more than a dozen people, most of them affiliated with universities."
Pardon and Parole Board response: ""We don't grant pardons posthumously," said Greg Griffin, the agency's top lawyer. "We don't have the authority to do it." "
"Washington turned her efforts to Bentley, asking for a pardon even though she believes the term doesn't go far enough. "When you're pardoned, that means you did something wrong," she said. "I prefer the word exonerate." " http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2012/08/pardons_sought_for_the_remaini.html#incart_river_default
PARDON - POLITICS OR PUBLICITY GRAB??
How will the Republicans and Democrats react to this political request?
Relatives of the Scottsboro Defendants could ask Governor Bentley for a Pardon, there is a precedent, although the specifics of this law may not pertain: http://nuweb9.neu.edu/civilrights/pardons-in-the-united-states/ and http://law.justia.com/codes/alabama/2009/Title15/Chapter22/15-22-91.html
Here is a link concerning Pardons in Alabama: http://www.pardon411.com/wiki/Alabama_Pardon_Information
The case which most Americans refer to as the Scottsboro Boys case was a travesty of justice. It was also a demonstration that good people do exist and are willing to stand up for what is right. "The Scottsboro Boys Case" is a legal and historical lesson which some have yet to learn.
UPDATE: August 17 & August 21, 2012- Scottsboro, Al. It appears there is a coalition to pass through the Alabama Legislature a Special Act involving a "Pardon" for "The Scottsboro Boys." Reports indicate this move is supported by many politicians. But is this justice, or a feel good measure to say, "see we are good and righted a wrong." That is an indication of irresponsible government. What is criminal justice without punishment for those who commit the crime?
The crime in this case is not on the part of the Scottsboro Defendants but on the part of racists who caused great suffering on the part of the Scottsboro Defendants and their families. The crime of False Imprisonment and a Violation of Constitutional Rights as a result of personal and institutional racism.
Republican Political support: This so called "Pardon" also gives Republicans in Alabama a chance to say, "see we are not a bunch of racists, we just bash the black President at every opportunity by a pack of lies. We'll make it all better now with this faux attempt at justice," extreme sarcasm intended.
Justice and correction: When or if the Legislature passes this feel good law, the remaining survivors of the Scottsboro Boys should be adequately compensated for wrongful imprisonment and a violation of the defendants Constitutional Rights. $1 million dollars for each year served in prison, by each of the defendants. Paid to and between the surviving next of kin. In the case of no next of kin, the funds should be paid into the Alabama indigent legal defense fund.
According to the Innocence Project, there are 27 states that provide compensation for wrongful imprisonments, Alabama is not one of the states. The State Legislature as an honor to the Scottsboro Defendants should pass a Wrongfully Convicted Compensation Act. http://www.innocenceproject.org/Content/Compensating_The_Wrongly_Convicted.php
Who should pay the punitive and corrective damages, Jackson County 50% and the State of Alabama 50%? If the defendant died in prison or as a result of the false imprisonment, the additional punitive award of $10 million dollars should be paid per death. That would be a case of responsible justice, not some feel good measure of "bleeding heart liberal white folks," publicity grabbers and politicians seeking glory. The estimated total punitive or compensatory damages which should be paid to the survivors or the indigent justice fund would be between $70 and $80 million dollars plus interest on the monetary award for each surviving relative.
Current controversy due to financial records request. (Case# 39CV2011-0024)
On August 1, 2012 a trial date on all pending issues was scheduled for the Morgan vs Scottsboro Multicultural Foundation, ET AL, case. The case is scheduled for Dec. 13, 2012.
There is much more which could be said in this case. However, as this article leads off with in Scottsboro's Daily Sentinel regarding the current case before the Jackson County Circuit Court:
Orders of a Court of Law will not cover up false affidavits and crime in the pending case. So called "faux justice Pardons" do not correct institutional and personal racism evident in the State of Alabama and the current political cycle. The "faux Pardon" will make those who are burdened with white guilt and glory seeking feel much better, however it will have no affect in correcting racism still existing today. I think political faux justice, white guilt and irresponsibility will probably win once again and Lady Justice will weep.
Opinion Editorial from the Daily Sentinel: http://thedailysentinel.com/opinion/editorials/article_6535445e-eb99-11e1-acad-0019bb2963f4.html
My Letter to the Daily Sentinel concerning the "faux pardon." http://thedailysentinel.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/article_cd5a372e-ed29-11e1-ac96-001a4bcf887a.html