Hundreds rally for release of Miss. women

Published 2:21 pm Friday, September 17, 2010

Nearly 200 protesters marched to the governor’s mansion and the Mississippi Capitol to call for the release of two sisters who are serving life sentences for a robbery that netted $11.

Representatives of the Mississippi ACLU and several other groups joined civil rights veterans in the effort to get a pardon for Jamie and Gladys Scott, who have served nearly 16 years in prison for the 1993 crime in Scott County.

The sisters’ attorney Chokwe Lumumba met Wednesday with one of Gov. Haley Barbour’s staff attorneys about their petition for a pardon or a reduced sentence. Barbour’s office has said the governor is waiting to receive a recommendation from the state Parole Board before making a decision.

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