- The description of the
cases is largely based on Dan T. Carter's Scottsboro: A Tragedy of the American
- A defense witness
testified that the women feared being arrested for hoboing. In his summation at a later
trial, the defense attorney stated that the women feared being arrested for violating the
Mann Act. See Carter, Scottsboro: A Tragedy of the American South, 230, 295.
- Alabama Governor George
Wallace in 1976 pardoned Clarence Norris who was believed to be the only surviving
Scottsboro defendant. See Carter, Scottsboro: A Tragedy of the American South,
- Wright's case was
declared a mistrial because the jury could not agree on whether to sentence him to death
or to life imprisonment. See Carter, Scottsboro: A Tragedy of the American South, 48.
- Pfaff, "The Press
and the Scottsboro Rape Cases," 73.
- Local lawyer Milo Moody
and Chattanooga lawyer Stephen Roddy served as defense counselors. They were given very
little time to advise their clients and prepare their case. Roddy also had a drinking
problem and often came to the courtroom intoxicated. See Carter, Scottsboro: A Tragedy
of the American South, 18-35.
- Olen Montgomery was blind
in one eye and Willie Roberson had a severe case of venereal disease.
- Charlie Weems was
released in November, 1943. Andrew Wright and Clarence Norris were released in January,
1944 but violated their parole and were sent back to prison. In 1946, Ozie Powell was
released and Norris was re-released. Heywood Patterson escaped in 1948 and Alabama
officials declined to re-capture him. Wright was released in 1950.