Clarence Norris

Clarence Norris (1913-1989) was known for being a defendant in a court case where nine African-American defendants were falsely accused of raping two white women in the south, known later as the “Scottsboro Boys” rape case. Norris was sentenced to death three times, spent 15 years in prison and later became a fugitive when he violated his parole. When he was 64 years old, the Alabama Pardon and Parole Board found him innocent of the rape charges.

 

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