TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state Cabinet granted posthumous pardons Friday to four African-American men accused of raping a white woman nearly 70 years ago in a case now seen as a racial injustice.
The unanimous vote came minutes after the alleged victim pleaded with DeSantis and the Cabinet members, meeting as the clemency board, not to grant the pardons, saying she still relives the horror of the rape she said happened in 1949.
But DeSantis said the case against the men known as the Groveland Four was clearly mishandled.
"The way this was carried out was a miscarriage of justice," DeSantis said.