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.
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