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Powell v. Alabama (1932)

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Allisha Ayers

on 7 December 2012

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Transcript of Powell v. Alabama (1932)

Powell v. Alabama First trial on April 6-7, 1931
Argued on October 10, 1932
Decided on November 7, 1932 What really happened The men reported the incident. The police went there to search, when the two women accused the African American men of raping them. Ozie Powell Alabama The Trial Why case was brought to Supreme Court Impact on Society Works Cited "The Scottsboro Boys' Trials Race, Gender, and Lies." Sanmarcos.net. N.p.. Web. 6 Dec 2012. <http://www.sanmarcos.net/ana/Class/Eng2/Scottsboro10th.html>. Others Involved Victoria Price & Ruby Bates Scottsboro Boys' "Powell v. Alabama - 287 U.S. 45 (1932)." Justia.com. Justia. Web. 6 Dec 2012. <http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/287/45/case.html>. "Powell v. Alabama." Laws.com. Laws.com, n.d. Web. 6 Dec 2012. <"The Scottsboro Boys' Trials Race, Gender, and Lies." Sanmarcos.net. N.p.. Web. 6 Dec 2012. .>. The case was first heard in the Alabama State Court which found all of the African American men guilty of rape. The case later went to the Alabama Supreme Court which found them guilty as well. Finally, the case was brought to the Supreme Court which decided that the boys had an unfair hearing because they were only able to talk to their lawyers briefly before the hearing. Supreme Court Decision The Supreme Court stated that it was unconstitutional for this group of men to not be able to speak to their lawyer, so the charges were dropped and the boys were able to walk free. The case was brought to the Supreme Court because the ruling was unfair. The Scottsboro boys were sentenced to death after only being able to talk briefly to their lawyer before their trial. The boys used their last appeal to try and bring this case to Supreme Court because they felt it was unfair to have a trial without being about to speak and converse with their lawyer ahead of time. Judges Involved Judge A. E. Hawkin Judge James Horton Nine African American boys were riding a freight train along with another group of white boys and two women. A fight soon broke out between the two groups and one white man was thrown off of the train The boys were quickly arrested and put in jail. Multiple lawyers denied the opportunity of being in the case. The two lawyers, Milo Moody, Steve Roddy, had no idea what they were doing and didn't even try to win the case. This Case brought up a lot of talk and dispute. It helped the law enforcement to become more strict on people being able to have a lawyer and to be able to discuss with them ahead of time before their set trial. Supreme Court
Charles E. Hughes, Willis Van Devanter, James C. McReynolds,
Louis Brandeis, George Sutherland
Pierce Butler, Harlan F. Stone,
Owen J. Roberts, Benjamin N. Cardozo
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