Florida 'Groveland Four' could have Jim Crow-era convictions tossed after prosecutors file motion

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Florida could be on the cusp of fixing a decades-old racial injustice from the state's Jim Crow era that saw four young Black males falsely accused of raping a teenage White girl.
Florida could be on the cusp of fixing a decades-old racial injustice from the state's Jim Crow era that saw four young Black males falsely accused of raping a White teenage girl.

This week, state prosecutors filed a motion to exonerate the Groveland Four – Charles Greenlee, Walter Irvin, Samuel Shepherd and Ernest Thomas – and toss out their convictions. None of the men are alive.

Gov. Ron DeSantis pardoned the four in 2019, and the state legislature in 2017 formally apologized to their families for the convictions, long considered one of the Jim Crow south's symbols of racism and miscarriage of justice.

Pam Bondi, the former state attorney general, directed authorities to review the case while in office. In a statement provided to Fox News by the America First Policy Institute, a nonpartisan research firm where she…
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