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Subject: Parole linked to kidney donation

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/30/10 at 5:07 am

Two US women convicted of armed robbery can be released but only if one donates a kidney to the other, the governor of Mississippi has said.

Jamie and Gladys Scott were convicted in 1994 of taking part in a robbery that netted a mere $11.

Their lawyer, Chokwe Lumumba, hailed Gov Haley Barbour's decision as a victory.

The sisters were eligible for parole in 2014 and rights activists had criticised their sentence as harsh.

Jamie, 38, who requires daily dialysis, and Gladys, 36, are serving life sentences.

Mr Lumumba told Associated Press news agency: "I think it's a victory. I talked to Gladys and she's elated about the news. I'm sure Jamie is, too."

He said Gladys had volunteered the donation.

Mr Barbour, a Republican, will agree the indefinite suspension of their sentences, which can be reversed if terms are broken

Subject: Re: Parole linked to kidney donation

Written By: ChuckyG on 12/30/10 at 7:31 am

the sentence seems extreme, but on the other hand they participated in an armed robbery

life sentence is a bit harsh, but they certainly deserved some hard time

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