Movement to free imprisoned Scott sisters - - Jackson, MS

Jackson, MS November 24, 2010

Movement to free imprisoned Scott sisters

By Marsha Thompson - bio | email

Jackson attorney and City Councilman Chokwe Lumumba will soon deliver 24,000 additional petitions and support letters to Governor Haley Barbour in an effort to secure the release of two imprisoned sisters.

Lumumba represents Jamie and Gladys Scott. He claimed the two women were unfairly punished for an armed robbery in Scott County in 1993.

Wednesday, the Jackson attorney told reporters the state parole board is reviewing the case.

Lumumba said, "It appears that the governor and or the parole board have taken some affirmative steps to at least investigate our petition and we expect an answer in the near future."

The petitions for clemency were signed by people from across the United States. The Scott sisters have been incarcerated for almost 17 years.

They received double life sentences for an armed robbery in which Lumumba claimed only $11 dollars was taken from the victim.  The sisters did not have a prior criminal history.

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