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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Mississippi Injustice: Support The Scott Sisters.

This is a request from the folks at Free The Scott Sisters - a brief overview of their case is in the sample letter to AG Holder below. Please take a little time to write a letter or follow the link to Oprah or something and help make their struggle visible. Then hit their blogspot and send their mom an email letting her know what you did. It will make her day a little less painful to know there are more people out here learning and writing about her daughters. And you can drop the sisters a note or postcard, too. That also lets the prison know people are keeping an eye on them. 

Here's everything you need:


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SAMPLE LETTER:

Attorney General Eric Holder
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

The Honorable Attorney General Holder:

I am writing to request that you investigate the cases of Jamie and Gladys Scott. The Scott Sisters were given double life sentences each in October of 1994 for armed robbery in the state of Mississippi. No one was injured or murdered. One witness states that about 11 dollars was netted in the armed robbery. All witnesses and victims of this crime have testified that the Scott Sisters were not involved in the robbery. Witnesses testified that they were coerced and threatened to provide false testimony against the Scott Sisters.

A 14 year old witness testified that he signed a statement which was prepared for him before he entered Deputy Sheriff Marvin Williams’ Office. This statement was signed by the 14 year old without an attorney present. He was told that he would be released from the local jail the next morning if he signed it. He was not released.

This is an egregious wrongful conviction and the Scott Sisters and their family has suffered now 15+ years.

Jamie and Gladys Scott are housed in Pearl, Mississippi at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility. Their ID numbers are Jamie Scott #19197 and Gladys Scott #19142.

Sincerely,
(Your Name)
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Please also send a letter to Governor Haley Barbour:

Governor Haley Barbour
P.O. Box 139
Jackson, Mississippi 39205
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Oprah's last year is coming up and she should be pressured to do a show on this case from her home state, there's a contact form for her that you can fill in online at https://www.oprah.com/plugform.jsp?plugId=220. Imagine if she received 1,000 forms to do something on the Scott Sisters, perhaps she would be moved to do so, who knows?

Also, please make sure to print some flyers out and stick them in your bag the next time you are going out among the people to spread the word, we can do this, we MUST! http://www.scribd.com/doc/22154749/Scott-Sisters-Flyer

Gladys and Jamie thank those of you who have written very much, please brighten their day with a card or letter, it will only take a few moments of your time:

Jamie Scott #19197
CMCF2/A-Bldg.
B Zone, Bed 196
P.O. Box 88550
Pearl, MS 39288-8550

Gladys Scott #19142
CMCF/B-Bldg.
P.O. Box 88550
Pearl, MS 39288-8550


Please visit and LINK to: http://www.freethescottsisters.blogspot.com

Subscribe to our group: Send a blank e-mail to scottsistersupdates-subscribe@yahoogroups.com and share information!

Facebook Group: Free The Scott Sisters
Petition: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/Free-Jamie-Gladys/index.html
Flyer: http://www.scribd.com/doc/22154749/Scott-Sisters-Flyer
Legal Transcripts: http://www.scribd.com/Scott%20Sisters

MISSISSIPPI INJUSTICE: In a trial fraught with legal malpractice and witness coercion, Mississippi Judge Marcus Gordon oversaw one of the most blatantly corrupt trials in history, culminating in the staggering over-sentencing of sisters Gladys and Jamie Scott to double-life each in a robbery that they did not participate in, where no one was murdered or harmed, and the amount alleged to have been taken was a whopping $11.00. Even if they were guilty as charged, the sentence is completely outrageous! The Scott Sisters are now in their 15th year of unjust imprisonment!

Thank you very much for your support!

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