Thursday, January 06, 2005

Justice Comes Slowly to Philadelphia 

Justice deferred is justice denied, they say....but it's not quite too late in this case. This was the atrocity depicted in the film "Mississippi Burning":

(via Jackson MS Clarion-Ledger)

At the Neshoba County courthouse this morning, history inched forward — 40 years after the fact — as a grand jury began hearing evidence involving the 1964 killings of three civil rights workers.

For the first time, a state grand jury is having the opportunity to consider murder charges in the June 21, 1964, killings of civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney. Attorney General Jim Hood, seen at the courthouse this morning along with attorneys from his staff, would not comment.

Eight of those accused in the case are still alive. Authorities have said reported Klan leader Edgar Ray Killen — identified in testimony in a 1967 federal conspiracy trial as having coordinated the killings — is the prime target. Killen has denied any involvement in the killings.

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