US Black Men Wrongly Accused of Rape, Receive Pardons 70 Years Later

Posted on January 12, 2019 3:58 am

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Four black men who were wrongly accused of raping a 17-year-old white girl in the southern U.S. state of Florida 70 years ago, received pardons Friday.   Charles Greenlee, Walter Irvin, Samuel Shepherd and Ernest Thomas became known as the Groveland Four.   All of them are dead. Members of their families, however, are still alive. The families attended the clemency hearing in Tallahassee Friday where officials voted unanimously to pardon the four men. “It is never too late to do the right thing,” Governor Ron DeSantis said in a statement.  “I believe the rule of law is society’s sacred