nine black men were accused of raping two white women
the trial of the nine black men and the two white women !
About the Trial
United States Supreme Court ordered new trials for the men
Haywood Patterson and Clarence Norris
Haywood Patterson and Clarence Norris are tried for rape, convicted, and sentenced to death.
New Trials Began
testimony of two doctors who refuted the likelihood that a rape occurred,Ruby Bates's retraction of the accusation and a harsh scrutiny of the like of Victoria Price,the other accuser.
March 27, 1933
Haywood Patterson's second trial begins in Decatur before judge James Horton.
April 9, 1933
Haywood Patterson found guilty by jury and sentenced to death in the electric chair.
June 22, 1933
Judge Horton sets aside Haywood Patterson's conviction and grants a new trial.
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Supreme Court overturned the convictions stating the defendants were not given a jury of their peers (African-Americans)
Clarence Norris is convicted of rape and sentenced to death. Andy Wright is convicted and sentenced to 99 years for rape. Charlie Weems is convicted and sentenced to 75 years. Ozzie Powell pleads guilty to assaulting the sheriff and is sentenced to 20 years.
Jan 23 1989
Clarence Norris, the last surviving Scottsboro boy, dies at age 76.