Friday, June 9, 2006

Ft. Lawton Convictions to Be Reviewed

Rep. Jim McDermott announced yesterday that the convictions of African American soldiers stemming from a riot at Fort Lawton in 1944 will be reviewed. Congressman Jim McDermott - Speeches - Fort Lawton Breakthrough: "Justice Delayed Is No Longer Justice Denied" McDermott reached an agreement with Rep. Duncan Hunter, the Republican Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Under the agreement, the Army Board of Correction of Military Records (ABCMR) has set up a point of contact to review the cases. The four living soldiers and the families of the others can request review -- now, for the first time, including investigatory records that were not available to the defense when they were convicted.

See earlier post about On American Soil, the book that recounts the story of the incident, the investigation, and the trial.

Photo of Rep. McDermott from his House website.

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