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When I heard about the following case, I included a mention of the Scott Sisters in SOF. As you know, SOF is about fighting social injustice, inspired by the execution of Frances Newton in 2005. Frances Newton was the first African American women to be executed since 1869, yet there was little or no media coverage of her death. SOF's Dead, but Not Silenced is a tribute to Frances Newton. Perhaps it is too late for Frances, but we can do something about the plight of the Scott Sisters!

Jamie and Gladys Scott have been wrongfully convicted for armed robbery and received double life sentences each. No one was murdered or taken to the hospital during this robbery, no one was even injured. A witness states that possibly $11 was netted. A victim states that about 200 bucks was in his wallet. Both victims and all witnesses say that the sisters did not participate in this robbery. Witnesses confessed during the trial, that the sheriff, Marvin Williams, coerced and threatened them into giving false testimony regarding the Scott Sisters. That testimony was obviously not taken into consideration. They have been in prison now for almost 15 years.

The father of The Scott Sisters moved his family from Chicago, Illinois to Mississippi for a better life. He had no idea what tragedy awaited the family in rural Mississippi.

On a cold December morning the Scott Sisters left their modest home to purchase heating fuel as Jamie had run out of gas and had a very young baby in the home. As a result, they experienced car trouble which lead to being framed for armed robbery.

The transcripts state that one witness ( a teenager) testified that the sheriff told him he would be sent to Parchman (the notorious Mississippi Prison), to be made a woman (raped by men) if he did not lie about the Scott Sisters. He later wrote an affidavit swearing that Jamie and Gladys had absolutely nothing to do with this robbery. There exists, several affidavits which state that The Scott Sisters had nothing to do with this crime. The witnesses received very short sentences in this crime while Jamie and Gladys have completed almost 15 years of a double life sentence.

The father of The Scott Sisters passed away of a heart attack, knowing that he could not help his daughters out of the great injustice. Their mother left Mississippi out of fear of additional injustices.

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I've heard about this ordeal and it's a sad situation for these women. I can only assume the state of MS has no interest in overturning these convictions because undoubtedly every other case involving the officer in question will have to be reviewed. It seems that it is easier for them to accept these convictions as opposed to accepting the fault of the officer. What a disgrace.

Prejudiceness is still far to prevelant in many towns in these very un-United States of America.

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