Sunburn – The morning read of what's hot in Florida politics – 4.25.18 – Florida Politics (blog)
Sunburn – The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics.
By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Daniel McAuliffe, Jim Rosica, and Drew Wilson.
Families of the “Groveland Four” still are waiting, and have heard nothing about any expedited clemency review, let alone the granting of full pardons.
A year ago, the Florida Legislature apologized for the grave injustices perpetrated against Charles Greenlee, Walter Irvin, Samuel Shepherd, and Ernest Thomas.
It’s a Jim Crow era horror story, which resulted in the deaths of Shepherd and Thomas, and imprisonments of Greenlee and Irvin. Florida Politics’ Scott Powers notes that families are angered, particularly at Gov. Rick Scott and the Clemency Board’s slow pace in providing closure.
From Scott’s spox: “Governor Scott is aware of the Groveland Four case and is strongly against any form of racial injustice or discrimination. Currently, the families of Walter Irvin and Charles Greenlee have applications pending with the Commission on Offender Review … After the Commission concludes clemency investigation, their findings are presented to the four-member Board of Executive Clemency.”
Urgency: Family members want official pardons, and for some time is ticking. Irvin’s nephew Eddie Lee Irvin Jr. said, “My Dad’s sister, Henrietta, she’s very sick right now, and she’s been battling for this [justice] a long time. Before she leaves this Earth, I would like to see something done, so she can go and be at peace.”
Sponsors of the apology Rep. Bobby Dubose and Sen. Gary Farmer did not respond to inquiries, nor did other members of the Florida Cabinet.
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