On #ThisDayinHistory 1931, nine young men are arrested in what will become known as the Scottsboro Boys case.: On this same day in 1932, their fates were flipped as the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the case of Powell v. Alabama and overturned their convictions: On the same day that the case began, they were convicted and sentenced to death #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceHistoryNews – Mar.25: Nine young black men were arrested and accused of raping two white women, Victoria Price and Ruby Bates, on a train in Alabama: The boys barely escaped a lynch mob, but weren’t given lawyers until the day of the trial, and their representation was shoddy at best #AceHistoryDesk reports

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https://t.me/HistoricalPics/8196: The blatant unfairness of the case attracted the attention of people around the world. The transcript of the trial left the Supreme Court with no other choice but to throw out the convictions: Still, Alabama insisted on retrying the defendants. This time, Samuel Liebowitz, one of the premier defense attorneys of the day, came to represent the Scottsboro nine. It didn’t matter:

The jury, all white men because black men were systematically excluded, convicted once again. In fact, there would be many more trials of the Scottsboro defendants over the years and each time the jury convicted and was later reversed on appeal. When the saga finally ended, all of the defendants were finally released. But not after they had served an average of ten years for the phantom crime:

One of the defendants would be shot and killed in prison in 1936, Ruby Bates recanted her testimony in 1933, and the Scottsboro Boys were finally pardoned in 2013, 24 years after the last surviving defendant had died. #ScottsboroBoys #USHistory #History #OTD

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