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Scottsboro Trial By: Courtney Curtis Sam Hoover Holly Mindemann
Nine African-American and many white boys had a brawl with each other during a train ride in Alabama. According to the white boys, The Nine African-American boys (13-21 years of age) allegedly raped two white women, They were granted inadequate lawyers and had an all white jury during their trials.
They claimed the jury was biased against them because of the racial differences Regardless of these claims, officials from Alabama refused to drop the cases Eight were sentenced to death, while the thirteen year old boy received a life sentence to prison.
From 1935 through 1937, the Supreme Court began dropping the charges against the accused African Americans. They agreed that the boys did not receive a fair trial since there were no African- Americans present during their trials. There were also no African Americans allowed on the jury
Seven of the boys convicted One of the trials All nine boys convicted
Vocabulary Defendants:a person, company, etc., against whom a claim or charge is brought in a court Mistrial: a trial terminated without conclusion on the merits of the case because of some error in the proceedings. Biased: having or showing bias or prejudice Verdict: the finding or answer of a jury given to the court concerning a matter submitted to their judgment. Sentenced: an authoritative decision; a judicial judgment or decree, esp. the judicial determination of the punishment to be inflicted on a convicted criminal. Testimony: the statement or declaration of a witness under oath or affirmation, usually in court.