Nearly 70 years ago, four young black men were falsely accused of raping a white woman in Lake County, Florida. Today, after a dramatic hour-long meeting, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and members of the new Cabinet granted pardons to those men, known as the Groveland Four.
Because all of the members of the Groveland Four have now died, the Clemency Board heard from family members of the accused. At the end of the meeting, to everyone's surprise, Governor Ron DeSantis called for a vote and the decision to pardon the men was unanimous.
"I believe in the principles of the Constitution. I believe in getting a fair shake," said Governor DeSantis. "I don't think there's any way that you can look at this case and see justice was carried out."
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gilbert King says that "this (pardon) will be one of the most rewarding things in my life." He joined Ryan Gorman to discuss the case, his role in all of it and the pardoning of the Groveland Four.
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