We do not know whether or not race played a part in the disproportionate sentences imposed upon the Scott sisters, and that such suspicion may be unwarranted and unfair... but so were the sentences.
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Barbour deserves credit for taking the step to right a colossal legal wrong. But taking that step can't absolve Barbour, the GOP and the white South of its ugly racial history.
In response to successful grassroots campaigns, two governors have recently released black Americans who had been railroaded by our nation's criminal justice system. Let's keep this movement growing.
I wish the Scott Sisters the best in their regaining their freedom and hope they lead fruitful lives. And I pray that Governor Barbour does not use the freedom for organs tradeoff anymore in the future to save the state of Mississippi tax dollars.
How do you wind up in prison serving two life terms for a robbery that netted 11 dollars? That question has haunted first time offenders Gladys and Jamie Scott for the past 15 years.
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