Powell, et al v. State of Alabama
1932, Scottsboro, Alabama
Ozzie Powell, Hayward Patterson and Charley Weems were convicted, along with six other African-American men, of raping two women while aboard a freight car traveling through Alabama. The three appealed their conviction to the Supreme Court, which overturned the ruling of the lower court on the grounds that the state had provided inadequate legal counsel. All of the black male plaintiffs in this case were retried and again found guilty. The Supreme Court, in Norris v. Alabama, then overturned the conviction because blacks had been systematically excluded from the grand jury that had indicted them. Although state courts retried the so-called “Scottsboro Boys,” freeing four of them, the supposed “ring leader” of the group, Haywood Patterson, was sentenced to 75 years in prison. He escaped from jail in 1948 and fled to Michigan, where he was convicted of the stabbing death of another black man in 1950.
I read TKAM last year my teacher showed us this case as a reference. Hope it helps! :)
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