Donate Your Kidney and You Can Go Darkie!!

Dec. 29, 2010

GOV. BARBOUR’S STATEMENT REGARDING RELEASE OF SCOTT SISTERS

“Today, I have issued two orders indefinitely suspending the sentences of Jamie and Gladys Scott. In 1994, a Scott County jury convicted the sisters of armed robbery and imposed two life sentences for the crime. Their convictions and their sentences were affirmed by the Mississippi Court of Appeals in 1996.

To date, the sisters have served 16 years of their sentences and are eligible for parole in 2014. Jamie Scott requires regular dialysis, and her sister has offered to donate one of her kidneys to her. The Mississippi Department of Corrections believes the sisters no longer pose a threat to society. Their incarceration is no longer necessary for public safety or rehabilitation, and Jamie Scott’s medical condition creates a substantial cost to the State of Mississippi.

The Mississippi Parole Board reviewed the sisters’ request for a pardon and recommended that I neither pardon them, nor commute their sentence. At my request, the Parole Board subsequently reviewed whether the sisters should be granted an indefinite suspension of sentence, which is tantamount to parole, and have concurred with my decision to suspend their sentences indefinitely.

Gladys Scott’s release is conditioned on her donating one of her kidneys to her sister, a procedure which should be scheduled with urgency. The release date for Jamie and Gladys Scott is a matter for the Department of Corrections.

I would like to thank Representative George Flaggs, Senator John Horne, Senator Willie Simmons, and Representative Credell Calhoun for their leadership on this issue. These legislators, along with former Mayor Charles Evers, have been in regular contact with me and my staff while the sisters’ petition has been under review.”

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September 22, 2010

Last Tuesday the head of the NAACP, Ben Jealous, urged Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour to pardon the Scotts, saying “We’re looking for the governor to be a humane person in the situation. It is a hideous event in the history of Mississippi.” According to the Jackson Advocate, Jealous joined the Scotts’ attorney, Chokwe Lumumba, in presenting a petition to Barbour requesting a pardon, clemency, or compassionate release.

In Jackson the following day, several hundred people marched past the Governors Mansion and rallied at the Mississippi State Capitol in support of the Scotts. According to Lumumba, thousands of letters have been sent asking Barbour to free the sisters.

Haley Barbour is widely thought to be in the running for the presidency on the Republican ticket, a fact that could cut two ways in the case of the Scotts. On the one hand, he might want to maintain his law and order stance at the expense of the two women. On the other hand, the Scotts’ sentence is so absurd that even the DA who convicted them says it should be reduced, and Barbour might be thinking of letting them go as a small step towards wooing the black vote. In any event, the Scott sisters’ supporters have made their case a difficult one for the governor to simply ignore, which is how he deals with most clemency requests.

None of these developments have had any effect on the hardnosed Judge Marcus Gordon, who originally sentenced the two women, and who remains in charge of their case. According to Nancy Lockhart, the legal analyst who made the case public and remains in close touch with members of the Scott family, Gordon would not sign an order for the sisters to attend their grandfather’s funeral–but they were allowed to attend the wake in shackles.
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OH YEAH. FROM THE EVIDENCE I’VE REVIEWED, EVERYONE IN THE COURT THAT CONVICTED THE SCOTTS OF THE $11 ROBBERY KNEW THAT THEY DID NOT ROB THAT $11.

Blogtalkradio personality and host, Queen Ifama, with Jaimie’s and Gladys’ mother, Evelyn Rasco, put the story on the national radar. Soon, A just society will give credit to whom it is due. So, I try to practice that right now. I am pleased to say that I was one of many who sent letters to Mississippi Corrections officials requesting correct response to Jamie Scott’s health emergencies. In the letter that I composed, the prison’s medical officials were simply asked to support and defend the Constitution for the United States.

As Nina Simone Sang, “Everybody Knows About Mississippi. God Dayum!!”

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One Response to “Donate Your Kidney and You Can Go Darkie!!”

  1. Haley Barbour decided to release the Scott sisters to mollify the Black community, and to gain political karma. Lest we forget his recent remarks regarding his admiration for the all white Citizens Councils? Most people believe that was his motivation for this decision. But even more significantly, the state of Mississippi has been under the microscope recently after the lynching of Frederick Jermaine Carter, and Haley Barbour is simply attempting to shift the attention of the Black community aware from the reality of his murder.

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