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The Scott Sisters: Victimized by American Injustice

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The Scott Sisters: Victimized by American Injustice - by Stephen Lendman


Their story is shocking, disturbing, yet common - African Americans indicted, prosecuted, convicted and imprisoned despite their innocence. Nearly always society's most vulnerable are affected, including Muslims by the "war on terror" and people of color - Jamie and Gladys Scott's experience explained below.


Updated information on their case and status can be found on Free the Scott Sisters.blogspot.com, accessed through the following link:


http://freethescottsisters.blogspot.com/


Residents of Forest, Mississippi, they were arrested on December 24, 1993, charged with armed robbery of two Black men. The amount - $11. No one was hurt. The sentence - both given life in prison, a shocking miscarriage of justice if proved guilty. They're not. They're innocent beyond a shadow of a doubt and had no prior convictions. They were aged 22 and 19 respectively at the time, and have been incarcerated since October 1994.


On Christmas eve, 1993, their car broke down after leaving a mini-mart near their home. Two young men drove them there, one they knew. The same evening, three teenagers allegedly robbed two men at gunpoint, netting $11. Police falsely accused the sisters of involvement.


Their mother, Evelyn Rasco, now ailing, believes no robbery occurred, saying from her new Pensacola, FL home:


"This has a lot to do with my family giving testimony against the Scott County sheriff for taking bribes and kickbacks that sent him to prison."


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