Gladys Scott, sisters serving life terms in
Mississippi for their role in a 1993 robbery, are
optimistic they may be released soon.
"I wish they would just hurry up and let them out,"
said their mother, Evelyn Rasco. "I hope that is
where it is leading to. That would be the only
justified thing to do."
daughters by writing letters, calling officials and
appearing on talk radio shows around the nation,
each time maintaining the Scott sisters are innocent.
But prosecutors maintained at trial that Jamie and
Gladys Scott were the masterminds in an $11 armed
robbery in rural Scott County.
young men who participated in the robbery and
made deals with authorities for lesser sentences.
The Scott sisters pleaded not guilty and were
sentenced by a jury to life in prison, despite having
no prior criminal past.
national media, including most recently New York
Times op-ed columnist Bob Herbert. In a column
published Tuesday, Herbert said the penalty
imposed on the sisters "takes your breath away."
"This is Mississippi we're talking about, a place that
in many ways has not advanced much beyond the
Middle Ages," Herbert wrote.
sisters' last attorney of record and an advocate for
their release, said he is impressed with the speed in
which Gov. Haley Barbour and the Mississippi
Parole Board responded to recent calls to have the
elected officials, marched on the state Capitol last
month calling for the sisters' release. Ken Turner,
the former district attorney who prosecuted the
case, said last month that he believed reducing the
sisters' sentences would be "appropriate."
the case and make a recommendation for possible
Shannon Warnock said there is no timetable for a
completion of the board's investigation, but she
said the board's investigator has been told it is a
sisters, fueling belief that an appearance before the
full board is near.
Lumumba said. "I can't imagine any good reason
why the governor can't pardon them or release
with Rasco for five years to help free the sisters,
said she is encouraging supporters to write the
would not reverse the jury's decision of guilt,
Lockhart and Rasco said the sisters want their
happy with parole," Lockhart said.
Rasco says Lumumba abandoned the effort to free
her daughters for a decade. Lumumba said he would
be satisfied with release for the sisters under any
think that (Barbour) is sensitive to the fact that he
doesn't want Mississippi to look bad and he doesn't
want to look bad and that it's the right thing to do."
function in both kidneys and requires regular
dialysis, according to advocates and prison
officials. While prison officials say Jamie Scott, 38,
is stable, Lumumba said her medical condition is
another factor in favor of release.
donate a kidney to her sister.
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