Henry Louis Gates, professor, Harvard University. He informed Tom Joyner of his uncles' fate two years ago during filming of the PBS documentary "African American Lives 2," which traced his lineage and those of 11 others.
Paul Finkelman, professor, Albany Law School. Finkelman researched the legal case against Thomas and Meeks Griffin.
Stephen Benjamin, Columbia attorney. Benjamin, a former director of the S.C. Department of Pardons, Probation and Parole, made the case for a pardon.
Samuel Glover, director of the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services. Glover and the seven-member pardons board oversee about 500 pardon cases annually. About half are approved.