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THE SCOTT SISTERS TO BE RELEASED December 31, 2010

 

 


 

 

When I was looking for some information on Ruby Bridges awhile back I went to the official NAACP website. The first thing that came up on the home page was a link to a petition to pardon the Scott sisters. The short story was that the Gladys and Jamie Scott, though staunchly proclaiming their innocence, received life sentences for a robbery that amount to $11.

 

Sometimes I just randomly sign up for stuff online, but I didn’t for this. My initial thought was there had to have been a death involved, or why the life sentences. After reading several articles and looking into the history it seems to be a colossal failure of the American system of “justice”.

 

The basic facts are:

 

  • The Scott sisters accepted a ride with a couple of young friends then went about their business
  • The friends were later robbed at gunpoint by some underage boys with shotguns, getting about $11
  • The robbers, in a plea deal, implicated the Scott sisters
  • Neither sister had a prior criminal record
  • Prosecutors tried to paint them as the masterminds of the robbery – influencing the minors to commit the crime
  • Both sisters were sentenced to life imprisonment
  • NO ONE WAS KILLED OR EVEN INJURED
  • The judge in the case has a long history of racist rulings (he pardoned the accused killer of Chaney, Schwerner & Goodman)

 

If that weren’t enough, the sisters have suffered a variety of indignities in prison. Jamie has gone into severe kidney failure due to years of corporate-controlled prison healthcare (infections, delays in hospital transportation, cancelled dialysis treatments, capricious solitary confinement).

 

The NAACP and a variety of people have been working years to have the sisters pardoned. Today it was announced that the sisters would be granted early parole on the condition that Gladys donate a kidney to Jamie.

 

 


 

Original article

MSNBC report

The Scott Sisters on wiki

Injustice in Mississippi

Why Are the Scott Sisters of Mississippi Serving Life Sentences for Petty Theft?

Free the Scott Sisters blog

Chaney, Schwerner & Goodman

NAACP

 

RIP – Tony Curtis October 2, 2010

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