Sunday, November 26, 2017

A century since the Houston riot courts-martial

One hundred years ago this month the Houston riot mutiny courts-martial began. As this BBC article by James Jeffrey explains, 19 African-American soldiers were executed. The proceedings led to general orders requiring review of death sentences by the Judge Advocate General and creation of the Army Board of Review. Statutory changes followed in 1920.

Many documents related to the trials are available here thanks to the South Texas College of Law's Fred Parks Law Library.

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