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Sat Jan 12, 2019, 01:11 PM

70 Years After They Were Wrongly Imprisoned, the Groveland Four Have Been Pardoned

70 Years After They Were Wrongly Imprisoned, the Groveland Four Have Been Pardoned
http://reason.com/blog/2019/01/11/groveland-four-pardoned-after-70-years

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The men, commonly referred to as the "Groveland Four," were accused of raping a 17-year-old in 1949. Greenlee, Irvin, and Shepherd were beaten into confessing after their arrest. According to the Innocence Project, documents from the case revealed that there was no evidence of a sexual assault. In addition to the documents, no physical evidence of the men's involvement was presented in court, including a medical examination of the accuser.

After the first trial, Greenlee received a life sentence while the others were sentenced to death. A mob of 1,000 men hunted down Thomas and shot him over 400 times. The arrests also prompted white residents to commit violent acts against a black neighborhood, including burning down houses and shooting guns into homes of black residents.

Thurgood Marshall, who was with the NAACP at the time and would eventually become the first black Supreme Court justice, secured new trials on appeal for Irvin and Shepherd. While being transported for the second trial, Irvin and Shepherd were shot after Lake County Sheriff Willis McCall said they attempted to escape. Irvin survived and disputed McCall's account, telling the FBI he was shot without provocation. He survived despite being denied an ambulance ride because of his skin color. Shepherd died of his injuries. McCall, meanwhile, was re-elected five times after the incident.

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Response to Odoreida (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 01:23 PM

1. Sheriff McCall had a history of killing prisoners. This was not

an isolated incident. He also was accused of kicking a black inmate to death and was suspected to have a connection in the house bombing in which a black husband and wife were killed.

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Sat Jan 12, 2019, 01:36 PM

2. Kick and Rec

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Response to Odoreida (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 01:49 PM

3. Kick. (Thank you for posting this.)

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Response to Odoreida (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 04:11 PM

4. Excellent book on this subject. "Devil in The Grove" by Gilbert King. Reads like a thriller.

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