Thursday, August 24, 2017

Houston Riots court-martial of 1917

Today's Washington Post has a powerful story about the Houston Riots of 1917. The ensuing mass court-martial of 63 black soldiers represented by a single nonlawyer counsel led to the execution of 13 men without appellate review. The resulting outrage sparked military justice reforms in 1920. Now posthumous pardons are being sought for three of the GIs who were hanged.

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