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AL officials pardon 'Scottsboro Boys'

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The Scottsboro Boys in an undated photo. The Scottsboro Boys in an undated photo.

MONTGOMERY, AL (WRCB) - Alabama's parole board has approved posthumous pardons in the infamous "Scottsboro Boys" rape case.

The hearing Thursday in Montgomery for the three black men whose convictions were never overturned came to symbolize racial injustice in the Deep South in the 1930s.

Nine black males were falsely accused of raping two white women on a train in northeast Alabama in 1931. The men were convicted by all-white juries, and all but the youngest defendant were sentenced to death.

Five of the cases were overturned in 1937, and one man received a pardon before his death in 1976.

The parole board says it has now formally pardoned for Charles Weems, Andy Wright and Haywood Patterson, the only three men whose cases haven't been reversed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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