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June 17-23, 2010
FREEDOM OF THE SCOTT SISTERS…TAKES UNITY!
Jackson Advocate Contributing Writer
There are still many people who don’t know about the Scott Sisters. Jamie and Gladys Scott have been in prison for 16 years for a crime that witnesses and the preponderance evidence say they never committed. They continue to proclaim their innocence in the face of this wrongful conviction, but time is running out. Jamie’s kidneys are not functioning and she is dire need of proper medical care. Gladys’ medical condition has deteriorated also. Evelyn J. Rasco, mother of Jamie and Gladys Scott, speaks on behalf of the entire family in thanking everyone who has supported the cause of the Scott sisters. She asks that everyone who believes in fair play and justice o continue to support her daughters in a variety of ways. “People can go to our website www.freethescottsisters.blogspot.com and read every update, day by day.,” Mrs. Rasco says. “Any little thing you can do—please do it. Thank you. We appreciate it. “It means so much to us that there
are people that love Jamie and Gladys just like I do,” Mrs. Rasco adds. “And there are people out there that are willing to go down for the cause. Gloria’s Kitchen is such a special group of people. I thank them so much for all they have done for us when we were there in Jackson. They fed us for free and they had posters all over everywhere. She (Gloria) calls and touches base with me—just to talk with me and comfort me. “Contrary to the supporters, there are so many out there that want this to continue to be swept under the cover and won’t quit until Jamie and Gladys finally die in that prison. They know that they were given a wrongful conviction. It was out of the ordinary. The time didn’t fit the crime. The instructions were from (Judge) Marcus Gordon, that they be given a life sentence. So, the jury gave them a double life sentence each. “There are many things that should have not taken place. A 14-year-old black male convicted of the robbery, along with two other youths, stated in court that he was coerced into signing a statement saying that Jamie and Gladys took part in the robbery. The boy was told that if he didn’t sign the statement --which he
never even read-- that he would go to Parchman prison and be raped.” A large support rally at the State Capitol in Jackson on Friday, March 26 issued a call to free Jamie and Gladys Scott. “The chant was Free the Scott Sisters now!” This was the first time I personally had a chance to meet and speak with the Scott sister’s family. Mrs. Rasco seemed to be a fiery, candid and very personable lady, working tirelessly day and night, night and day. “As long as I’m living I will not stop fighting the state of Mississippi as long as I have breath in my body!” Mrs. Rasco said. “I chose to do this interview because there were some statements put in the paper that were not correct. I’d like to correct them. In one article, it states that my husband stopped paying the boss and that’s why all this happened. Not true. My husband never paid anyone. My husband made it plain that he wasn't paying anybody. My daughter that passed away in 2008, was Evelyn Jeanette Scott, not Mary. I have not moved to a new home in Florida. Not true. I have been in this home for some time now. Many things that were printed wasn’t in true detail and accurate.” Just recently, Mrs. Rasco said, Jamie
was very distraught about a lady that had fallen dead in the prison. “Jamie was really upset about it. She was hysterical about what happened to this lady. Jamie said the lady told her that she had been taking the wrong medication. She told Jamie that she received a shot with a lot of medicine in it and also stated that it was more medicine that she usually gets. Jamie told me the lady started to walk and minutes later she fell dead. Her name was Ms. Carter. Jamie also told me that she was shocked about how long it took the medical people to get there and administer CPR. They just couldn’t save her. I don’t know anymore about it. She was so shaken up.” I asked Mrs. Rasco what many people were asking: “How could this have happened?” She replied, “Hmph! I don’t understand it either. It’s more to it than what we see or hear. Let’s start at the beginning.” You gotta love Mrs. Rasco’s detailed, blow-by-blow description of who Jamie and Gladys are, their lifestyle, their children, their suffering. “Jamie and Gladys were accused of committing an armed robbery. They were given a double-life sentence each with no chance for parole for 20 years. The time doesn’t fit the
crime. I think it was revenge against Jamie and Gladys father, my husband (James Rasco) and his nephew “We were living in Chicago when we heard about what have transpired with my nephew. We read about through a newspaper clipping that my husband’s nephew turned in a law official who was taking pay-offs from black club owners in order to operate. My nephew got tired of paying as the price was steady going up. The sheriff did go to prison. He stayed in prison for four years or so. It wasn’t long afterward that he died. So I really think it was a personal vendetta against my husband and his nephew and the Rasco family in general. I think much of the city did not like the family after that incident. “We decided to move back to Mississippi. “My husband ran the same club that my nephew did. Shortly after, he began getting harassed by the police. They started raiding the club and giving him a lot of trouble. Things started going downhill from there. I think they thought my husband was running the club for his nephew. This wasn’t the case. Much of this stems from how Jamie and Gladys got in jail.”