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Letter from H. M. Darling in New York, to Governor B. M. Miller in Montgomery, Alabama.

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Title

Letter from H. M. Darling in New York, to Governor B. M. Miller in Montgomery, Alabama.

Subject

Scottsboro Trial, Scottsboro, Ala., 1931; African Americans--Civil rights--Alabama; African Americans--Imprisonment--Alabama; Miller, Benjamin Meek, 1864-1944; Horton, James Edwin, 1878-1973; Patterson, Haywood, b. 1912

Description

H. M. Darling, an attorney, writes that because under Alabama law bail is allowed to prisoners unless the evidence is strong enough to assuredly convict them, and because Judge Horton doubts the evidence, the Scottsboro Boys are entitled to bail.

Creator

Darling, H. M.

Source

Alabama Governor, Scottsboro Case appeals to the Governor, SG004239, Folder 16, Alabama Dept. of Archives and History

Date

1933-07-06

Format

Letter

Language

English

Coverage

United States--New York--New York

Transcription

DARLING & DALEY TELEPHONE DIGBY 4-9Z44
ATTORNEYS AT LAW 42 BROADWAY
NEW YORK, JULY 6, 1933
H. MAURICE DARLING
WILLIAM B. DALEY

Governor B. M. Miller,
Montgomery,
Alabama.

Dear Sir:-

I understand that under the law of Alabama de-
fendants awaiting trial are permitted bail except in capital
cases where the evidence of guilt is so strong as to justify
the presumption that a conviction would result. I under-
stand that in the decision of Judge Horton, he said:

"The testimony...bears on its face indications
of improbability and is contradicted by other
evidence and in addition thereto greatly pre-
ponderates in favor of defendant."

Under these circumstances, it would appear that
Patterson and the other Scottsboro defendants are entitled
to bail. Would you care to bring this matter to the at-
tention of the appropriate authorities of Alabama?

Yours respectfully,
H M Darling

HMD: MP