Governor signs posthumous pardon for Scottsboro Boys


Alabama's governor has signed legislation that permits posthumous pardons for the Scottsboro Boys.A spokeswoman for the secretary of state's office says Governor Robert Bentley signed the bill Thursday. The Legislature passed the bill last week to allow the state parole board to issue posthumous pardons to the eight Scottsboro Boys who didn't get pardons before they died. One did receive a pardon before his death.The nine black youths were convicted in the 1930s of raping two white women on a train in north Alabama. One of the women later recanted her story.Bentley says he signed the legislation because it's time to right the wrong. The governor says he will have a ceremonial bill signing April 19 in Scottsboro with people who pushed the legislation.