FL: US judge clears men wrongly accused of rape, after 72 years

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Four black men who were wrongly accused of raping a white teenager in the US have been cleared of the charge more than 70 years later. They were accused of abducting and raping the girl in the central Florida town of Groveland in 1949. … None of the accused men lived to see themselves exonerated. They were aged between 16 and 26 at the time. [Ernest] Thomas was hunted down by a posse of more than 1,000 men shortly after the alleged incident and was shot hundreds of times. … Samuel Shepherd was later shot and killed by a sheriff while travelling to a retrial. [Walter] Irvin narrowly escaped execution in 1954 and his sentence was commuted to life with parole. One year after he was paroled, in 1969, he died. [Charles] Greenlee, also sentenced to life, was paroled in 1962 and died in 2012.” (11/22/21)