“This is what human rights means in the United States! This is the American way of life.” — Andrei Vishinsky — onetime Soviet foreign minister talking about the Groveland Four case Well, almost seven decades later, the state of Florida took a step to correct a historic wrong. Gov. Ron DeSantis and the three other […]

U.S. Supreme Court Overrules Florida on ‘The Groveland Boys’ Case

“On April 9, 1951, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the convictions and death sentences of Walter Irvin and Sammy Shepherd, ruling that Lake County’s method of jury selection had ‘discriminated against the Negro race.’ The unanimous decision was handed down per curium (without a written opinion), but Justice Robert H. Jackson wrote a blistering concurring […]