Summary 9 African American Boys. Raped 2 white women. Indicted-Sentenced to Death. Charges were dropped on all of the men. Boys went to jail. Raised questions about the American Justice System.
Convicted Because Horrible Volunteer Lawyers. Weak Evidence. All white jury. 2 women testified against men.
How They Were Treated Were not given a fair trial. Denied their right of council. The court did not allow them to prepare a fair trial. Men were poorly educated on how the trial was going to take place.
Background Jobs- Sons of Sharecroppers. Also one man worked in a pharmacy. poor black kids who dropped out of school to help support their families. Lived on segregated land.
Why they were Accused These boys were on a train when a racial skirmish broke out between blacks and whites who were hitching a ride on a freight train. All they white men were forced off the train, except for one. The men were then arrested and charged with assault. Two white women were then discovered dressed as boys. All peoples involved were taken to Scottsboro and the black boys were accused of rape.
Citations. Linder, Douglas O. THE TRIALS OF "THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS". N.p., 1999. Web. 20 Oct. 2009. The Scottsboro Boys had their first court trial in 1931 and their last in 1937. All of the nine boys were released in 1950.