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From left, Walter Irvin, Charles Greenlee, and Samuel Shepherd were wrongfully prosecuted for rape in 1949. A fourth man, Ernest Thomas, was killed during a manhunt before he could be arrested. Photo: Gary Corsair
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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gilbert King shares his perspective on the latest in the Groveland Four case


A judge in Lake County will hold a hearing today on whether to posthumously clear the names of the Groveland Four. The young Black men were wrongly prosecuted — and two of them were shot to death — following the alleged rape of a 17-year-old white girl in 1949. For some perspective on this case, WMFE’s Joe Byrnes spoke with Gilbert King, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Devil in the Grove” brought the story to national attention again. .
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