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Friends of Justice Special Report: Governor Barbour Suspends Scott Sisters Sentences

Dr. Alan Bean of the Friends of Justice reports that Governor Hailey Barbour has suspended the sentences of Gladys and Jamie Scott. As the announcement appears below indicates, this was a political compromise. According to the governor’s announcement, “The Mississippi Parole Board reviewed the sisters’ request for a pardon and recommended that I neither pardon […]

From the Land of Emmett Till: New York Times Op-Ed Columnist Asserts Gov. Haley Barbour Could Free Mississippi Scott Sisterrs

NEW YORK TIMES OP-ED COLUMNIST BOB HERBERT WRITES TODAY THATGov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi has to decide whether to show mercy to two sisters, Jamie and Gladys Scott, who are each serving double consecutive life sentences in state prison for a robbery in which no one was injured and only $11 was taken. “This should […]

Mississippi Scott Sisters Emergency; Jamie Scott in Crisis, Says Long-time Supporter

Nancy LockhartAugust 23, 2010 at 9:09amSubject: Urgent ~ Please E-mail and Call For Jamie Scott ~ Once Again Jamie Needs Hospitalization (This email just arrived from Nancy Lockhart. Remember these women when Haley Barbour announces his run for the presidency. Susan Klopfer, publisher) Dear Supporters: Jamie was hospitalized this weekend but, is now in the […]

Mississippi Scott Sisters Documentary Now In Production

News Release from Nancy LockhartSubject: July 4th 2010 – Jamie Scott’s Birthday – Documentary of The Scott Sisters and Thank You’s Dear Supporters: Jamie and Gladys would like to thank all supporters for everything that is being done to assist in securing their freedom. They would especially like to thank The Gray Haired Witnesses for […]

Day 9 of the Curtis Flowers Murder Trial; Defense Begins Its Case

Dr. Alan Bean, a forensic historian, is covering the trial of Curtis Flowers in Winona, Mississippi. Flowers, an African American, is on trial for the sixth time on the same murder charges — setting a judicial record. The following comes from Bean, this morning: On Tuesday morning, the Winona perjury parade ground to a halt. […]

Day 8, Curtis Flowers Mississippi Murder Trial; Smoke and Fog…

Dr. Alan Bean, forensic historian, is covering this historical murder trial in Winona, Mississippi. Here is his report on Day Eight: “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” The prosecution of Curtis Flowers rests on this bit of folk wisdom. Curtis told investigators he never strayed onto the east side of Highway 51 on the morning in […]

Gray-Haired Witnesses Update: Washington D.C. Event, June 21; Scott Sisters of Mississippi Top Item

Subject: SOLIDARITY/PARKING +MORE FOR 6/21 GRAY-HAIRED WITNESSES FAST FOR JUSTICE!SUPPORT THE GRAY-HAIRED WITNESSES FAST FOR JUSTICE!JUNE 21, 2010 — WASHINGTON, DC10 AM – DEPT. OF JUSTICE12 NOON – WHITE HOUSE PRESS CONFERENCE1PM-9PM – LAFAYETTE SQUARE PARK We need your support in bringing national attention to the case of the Scott Sisters and all other women […]

The New Jim Crow’ author Michelle Alexander Endorses Gray-Haired Witnesses for Justice

Nancy LockhartJune 10, 2010 at 12:47pmSubject: The New Jim Crow’ author Michelle Alexander Endorses Gray-Haired Witnesses for JusticeThe New Jim Crow Author, MICHELLE ALEXANDER APPLAUDS THE WORK OF GRAY-HAIRED WITNESSES P r e s s R e l e a s e Contacts: B.J. Janice Peak-Graham / Marpessa Kupendua 1- 866-968-1188, Ext. 2 ghwitnesses@gmail.com http://www.facebook.com/l/c870f;www.grayhairedwitnesses.blogspot.com/ […]

Fear Stalks a Mississippi Town; Day One, The Trial of Curtis Flowers

Forensic historian Dr. Alan Bean files his first report from Winona, Mississippi where the murder trial of Curtis Flowers has opened: You could feel the fear in the courthouse in the Montgomery County courthouse today. The jury pool had already been cut from 600 to 156 when we arrived for day one of Curtis Flowers’ […]

Civil Rights Activist Dick Gregory Urges Mass Support for the Gray-Haired Witnesses Fast for Justice

Contact: Nancy LockhartJune 4, 2010 at 8:28amSubject: DICK GREGORY Urges Mass Support for the Gray-Haired Witnesses Fast for Justice ~ By Sis. Marpessa P r e s s R e l e a s e Contacts: B.J. Janice Peak-Graham / Marpessa Kupendua 1- 866-968-1188, Ext. 2 ghwitnesses@gmail.com http://www.facebook.com/l/787a2;www.grayhairedwitnesses.blogspot.com/ WASHINGTON, June 3/Gray-Haired Witnesses for Justice News […]