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Governor Bentley Statement on the Pardoning of the Scottsboro Boys


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Governor Robert Bentley issued the following statement regarding the pardoning of the Scottsboro Boys:

While we could not take back what happened to the Scottsboro Boys 80 years ago, we found a way to make it right moving forward. The pardons granted to the Scottsboro Boys today are long overdue. The legislation that led to today's pardons was the result of a bipartisan, cooperative effort. I appreciate the Pardons and Parole Board for continuing our progress today and officially granting these pardons. Today, the Scottsboro Boys have finally received justice.

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