Media Discover “Framed,” Imprisoned Sisters

Columnists and bloggers take up the cause of two black women in Mississippi who are serving double life sentences for an armed robbery that yielded $11 and resulted in no injuries.

Jamie and Gladys Scott
Jamie and Gladys Scott

2 in Mississippi Serving Double-Life Over $11 Robbery

A black nationalist website was onto the case early. Then there were more websites and the muckraking magazine Mother Jones.

A talk-show voice on CNN, a local black radio station and the syndicated The Michael Baisden Show joined the mix, as did the NAACP and the Innocence Project.

The social media sites played their role. And now the “legacy” print media have joined in.

So, will two black Mississippi women, whom so many agree have been unjustly imprisoned, now be freed?

On Sunday, syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. of the Miami Herald became the latest to raise his voice. He wrote:

Let’s assume they did it.

“Let’s assume that two days before Christmas in 1993, a 22-year-old black woman named Jamie Scott and her pregnant, 19-year-old sister Gladys set up an armed robbery. Let’s assume these single mothers lured two men to a spot outside the tiny town of Forest, Miss., where three teenage boys, using a shotgun the sisters supplied, relieved the men of $11 and sent them on their way, unharmed.

“Assume all of the above is true, and still you must be shocked at the crude brutality of the Scott sisters’ fate. You see, the sisters, neither of whom had a criminal record before this, are still locked away in state prison, having served 16 years of their double-life sentences.