Monday, June 28, 2010

Mississippi Burning case may be last crime of civil rights era in which charges may be filed

In today's Jackson Clarion-Ledger, it is noted that the murders of three civil rights workers in Neshoba, Miss., in 1964 may be the last crime of that era in which prosecutions can be made. The article lists some of the Mississippi Burning suspects who have yet to be brought to justice:

The FBI’s investigation into the 1964 killings of three civil rights workers may represent the nation’s last and best chance to prosecute unpunished killings from the nation’s civil rights era.
"It is one of the very few viable cases left," said former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones of Birmingham, who led the successful prosecution of two former Klansmen for a 1963 church bombing that killed four girls.

"The door is closing quickly," he said. "There's not much time left."

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