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Righting an Ugly Wrong: Compassion or Crass Politics

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A second affidavit came from a man who found a wallet belonging to the prime robbery victim containing $60 cash and that victim's credit cards. That man said the Sheriff threatened him with a long sentence in Parchman if he revealed discovery of the wallet.

The third affidavit came from an inmate who said another of those teen assailants said the Scott's played no role in the robbery.

Despite Mississippi law permitting life sentences for robbery the sentences slapped on the Scott sisters appear horrifically excessive when compared to other cases.

Consider the case of a Mississippi woman named Bessie Stewart convicted of participating in the assault/robbery of a policeman in 1993 -" the same year as the alleged robbery involving the Scott sisters. Stewart received a one year suspended sentence while one of her co-defendants received sentences ranging up to eight-years in prison.

The Scott's sentence for that $11 robbery eclipsed the 25-year-term received by Versie Terron Scott (no relation) for the forcible knife-point rape of a woman sleeping in her bedroom the year before the Scott's arrest.

Release of Gladys and Jamie Scott now awaits Mississippi authorities setting up mechanisms for the Scotts to live in Florida with relatives.

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Linn Washington is a co-founder of This Can't Be Happening.net. Washington writes frequently on inequities in the criminal justice system, ills in society and problems in the news media. He teaches multi-media urban journalism at Temple (more...)
 

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