Members of the NAACP Speak Out on the Scott Sisters Suspended SentenceBy Lawayne Childrey | Published 30 Dec 2010 02:05pm |
Sisters Jamie and Gladys Scott will be leaving prison any day now with suspended life sentences. MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports what lies ahead for the two Scott County Women who served 16 years for their part in an 11 dollar armed robbery.
During a press conference in the State Capitol rotunda yesterday National NAACP President Benjamin Jealous praised Governor Haley Barbour for suspending the Scott sisters life sentences.
"Thank you Governor Barbour, when you're right you're right. This is a shining example of the way clemency power should be used. Governor David Patterson did it last week in the John White case now Governor Barbour. These are important cases and it's important that governors realize that they have a role to play in advancing justice."
State NAACP President Derrick Johnson agreed with Jealous but says the suspension only marks the beginning of what's needed for the sisters.
"Now that they're free we must make sure they are provided with adequate medical attention. They have needs in transitioning back into society. And the worst thing we could do is celebrate today and forget tomorrow,"
While 36 year old Gladys Scotts release is contingent on her giving a kidney to Jamie her 38 year old sister. ACLU Director Nsombi Lambright doesn’t believe that is a valid legal determinant.
"And so I'm not sure what the attorney's are going to do about that but Gladys had already offered to give her kidney. I'm not sure if she's even been tested yet to see if there's a match. But she'd already offered to give her sister a kidney years and years ago when ah, Jamie first fell ill in the Department of Correction care."
Mississippi Civil and Human Rights Attorney Jaribu Hill says there may also be other issues to consider.
"If there are issues that need to be taken up from a human rights standpoint I trust and hope that those issues will be taken up."
A full pardon and restoration of the sisters voting rights are also being pursued by their attorney Chokwe Lumumba of Jackson. Lawayne Childrey MPB News.
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