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They were tried within days of their arrest, lacked appropriate counsel, and were convicted with what amounted to very little evidence. All of them were given the death penalty except one. The boys were gained new trials and were tried multiple times. The following describes what I believe is the end result;
"In 1936, Haywood Patterson was tried for the fourth time and convicted again. He was sentenced to 75 years. That same year, Clarence Norris was sentenced to death, Andrew Wright to 99 years, Charles Weems to 75 years, and Ozie Powell pled guilty for assaulting a sheriff and was sentenced to 20 years.
Charges against Leroy "Roy" Wright, Eugene Williams, Olen Montgomery, and Willie Roberson were dropped in 1937.
Of all the Scottsboro Boys, Clarence Norris lived the longest. His sentence was reduced in 1938, and he was paroled in 1946. Thirty years later, the Governor of Alabama admitted that the Scottsboro Trials were unfair and Norris was pardoned. He was the only Scottsboro Boy left alive."