Scottsboro Boys pardon

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.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has signed a bill posthumously pardoning a group of black youths who were wrongfully convicted of raping two white women more than 80 years ago.

Bentley Friday signed House Joint Resolution 20, formally exonerating the Scottsboro Boys who ranged from 13 to 19-years-old. The ceremony was held at the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center.

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.