Governor Bentley signs bill to pardon ‘Scottsboro Boys’


[lin_video src=×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1366412237&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4024858&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1366412237 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Governor Robert Bentley has signed a bill that lays the groundwork to posthumously pardon nine young black men.

The “Scottsboro Boys” were accused of raping two white men in the 1930s.

One of the accusers eventually admitted to making up the allegations.

Charges were dropped against some of the men, but others were still convicted in re-trials.

Scholars and researchers have since  determined that the young men were all wrongfully accused and convicted.

Governor Bentley says the bill is the result of a bipartisan effort.

The bill unanimously passed the legislature.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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