Tennessee governor signs Rosa Parks bill pardoning segregation-era activists Gabriel Haboubi at 2:23 PM ET
[JURIST] Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen [official website] Thursday signed legislation which starting on July 1 will allow those who were convicted for protesting laws designed to enforce racial segregation to receive a full pardon and to have their criminal records destroyed. The Rosa Parks Act [bill information], named after the late Alabama civil rights activist, also allows an estate of a deceased activist to have the activist's records expunged. Some activists said they would not seek a pardon, as they are proud of their records and what the arrest represented. The bill contains an exemption for records used for educational purposes, displayed in public museums or libraries.
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