Scottsboro Boys Alabama

The state parole has set a hearing next month to consider whether to issue posthumous pardons for the Scottsboro Boys.

An assistant professor at the University of Alabama who helped compile the research for the petition, John Miller, says the board will consider the request Nov. 21 in Montgomery.

The Legislature passed a law in the spring to allow the board to issue posthumous pardons for the eight Scottsboro Boys who didn't receive them before they died.

The Alabama House is to vote on final passage of a bill to clear the names of the Scottsboro Boys.

The action comes more than 80 years after the nine young black men were convicted by all-white juries of raping two white women. Legislation allowing the state parole board to issue the pardons posthumously is scheduled to be first up in the House Thursday.

The bill passed the Senate by a 29-0 vote.

The Alabama Senate has approved legislation to allow posthumous pardons for the Scottsboro Boys.

The Senate voted 29-0 Thursday for the legislation sponsored by Republican Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur. The bill now goes to the House for what Orr predicts will be a similar vote.

A group of lawmakers and others will have a news conference to announce legislation being introduced to exonerate the nine Scottsboro Boys, accused of raping two white women in 1931.

A news conference has been scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at the Alabama Statehouse.

A group that includes Democratic and Republican lawmakers says it is supporting a resolution and a bill that would exonerate the men, now deceased, known as the Scottsboro Boys.