Officials contemplate exoneration for 'Groveland Four'

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Posted: Feb 16, 2016 8:43 AM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The arrests and killings of four African-American men accused of raping a white woman in Groveland, Florida, in 1948 is considered one of the great miscarriages of justice in the years prior to the civil rights movement.

On Tuesday, Groveland city officials in central Florida will consider a proclamation encouraging the exoneration of the four men known as the "Groveland Four."

The proclamation requests that Gov. Rick Scott and his Cabinet pardon Samuel Shepherd, Walter Irving, Charles Greenlee and Ernest Thomas.

Thomas was killed by a sheriff's posse. Greenlee was given a life sentence. Shepherd and Irving were sentenced to death.

A new trial was ordered for Shepherd and Irving, who had legal help from Thurgood Marshall.

They were later shot — Shepherd fatally — by Lake County's sheriff.