Tag: pardons
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform at KAABOO 2017. Image via The Associated Press.

Scott PowersJanuary 11, 2019
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The Groveland Four were pardoned Friday by the Florida Executive Clemency Board. The unanimous action of the board, the Florida Cabinet, came Friday nearly 70 years after one of the most infamous cases of Jim Crow-era racial injustice began, and just three days after Gov. Ron DeSantis replaced Gov. Rick Scott, who had ignored calls for […]

Scott PowersDecember 21, 2018
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Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis announced late Thursday he’s ready to take up the requested pardons for the Groveland Four immediately. Though he didn’t explicitly say he’s prepared to issue the pardons, DeSantis called the Groveland Four “victims” and expressed strong sympathy with the cause seeking belated justice for four young black men falsely accused of raping a […]

Scott PowersDecember 19, 2018
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Pardons for the Groveland Four are heading for a hearing. Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis said Wednesday that he is sending a letter to the Florida Office of Executive Clemency invoking Rule 17, which allows any member of the Florida Cabinet to place a case “of exceptional merit” on the upcoming agenda of the […]

Scott PowersSeptember 10, 2018
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In 2017 the Florida Legislature acknowledged and apologized for one of Florida’s ugliest recorded events of 20th-century racism. Yet barring a late surprise it would be left to the next state government to address the Groveland Four, and all four Democratic Florida Cabinet nominees pledged they would move swiftly, if elected, to issue long-sought pardons. […]


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