FC: Trial of the Scottsboro 9 By: Endya Phillips
2: Once upon a time there were nine black boys on their way to the park to have a picnic, on their way they decided to take a ride on the train to get to the park.
4: While they were waiting on the train to arrive they sat down and talked about what kind of goodies they were going to eat on the picnic.
6: Finally the train arrived and the nine boys stepped onto the train and took their seats waiting patiently for the train to arrive at the park.
8: During their wait a group of homeless white boys and two white girls attacked the nine boys that were sitting down. The black boys threw the white boys off the train.
10: After the fight the white boys filed a complaint with the Scottsboro Alabama Sheriff stating that the black boys had viciously assaulted them.
12: Afraid of being arrested, and perhaps ashamed of being homeless the two girls falsely claimed that the nine black boys had assaulted them.
14: The sheriff ordered his deputies to round up the nine boys to arrest them and the deputies told them that they were accused of assaulting two white girls on the train.
16: Three days after the trial started, and fifteen days after their arrest, they found all of the boys guilty. Eight of the boys were sentenced to death and the youngest boy was sentenced to life in prison.
18: In Powell v. Alabama the court ruled that the nine boys had not been given adequate legal counsel and the trial had taken place in a hostile and volatile atmosphere. Asserting the boys right to due process as set forth in the Fourteenth Amendment had been violated the court ordered a new trial.
20: Alabama did as they were told but the new trial resulted in another guilty verdict and sentences of death or life in prison.
22: The International Labor of Defense promptly appealed, and in Norris v. Alabama the supreme court decided that all Americans have the right to a trial by the jury of their peers.
24: Alabama drops the case and finally released the nine black boys from jail and they lived happily ever after.