Scott sisters' attorney to present pardon request Tuesday - - Jackson, MS

Scott sisters' attorney to present pardon request Tuesday

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Jackson city councilman Chokwe Lumumba will present a request to free the Scott sisters to Governor Barbour on Tuesday.

Lumumba is representing Jamie and Gladys Scott, who he claims were unfairly punished for an armed robbery in Scott County in December of 1993.

Both women received double life sentences for an armed robbery in which Lumumba says only $11 was taken from the victim.

Benjamin Jealous, national president of the NAACP, will accompany Lumumba when he presents the petition for pardon.

Lumumba says he's been collecting evidence supporting the Scott sisters' innocence.

One key piece is hearsay of an alleged confession from Christopher, Howard, and Gregory Patrick, three teenagers originally accused in the armed robbery. Lumumba says the Patricks admitted guilt out of prison, and were sentenced to just a few months in jail.

Lumumba says the Patrick teens were pressured into naming the Scott sisters in the crime, in exchange for reduced sentences.

A family member of the Scotts told Lumumba their father and the sheriff were at odds because of information they provided about him to the FBI.

A march for the Scott sisters is planned for Wednesday morning in Jackson.

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