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  • Thursday, June 23, 2005

    Justice [Nearly] Served

    From Democracy Now!: Klansman Convicted For 1964 Civil Rights Killings

    In Philadelphia Mississippi, a jury has found a former Ku Klux Klansman guilty of felony manslaughter in the killings on three civil rights workers in 1964. The verdict against Edgar Ray Killen came down Tuesday exactly 41 years after James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were killed. The three had come to Mississippi to investigate the burning of an African-American church. Prosecutors charged that Killen plotted the murders along with other Klansmen and then arranged for a bulldozer to bury the bodies. Killen will be sentenced on Thursday and faces a maximum of 60 years in jail. The verdict was only a partial victory for state prosecutors -- the jury found Killen guilty of felony manslaughter instead of murder. Michael Schwerner's widow -- Rita Schwerner Bender -- said "The fact that some members of the jury could not bring themselves to acknowledge that these were murders, that they were committed with malice, indicates that there are still people among you that choose to look aside, not to see the truth." Edgar Ray Killen's attorneys said they would appeal the jury's verdict.

    4 Comments:

    At 6/24/2005 04:32:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Some people will bitch and moan regardless of the outcome of something like this.
    Face it, the guy got 60yrs and he's 80 yrs old so he'll die in prison (good).

    If they want to complain, complain to the Italians who recently convicted SS men over a massacre in 1944 but they will not serve time because of their age (UK Times June 23).

    I wonder when some leftist will write an article saying the US is cruel and barbaric because it imprisons 80 yr old men etc ?

    Bound to happen.

     
    At 6/24/2005 10:53:00 pm, Blogger DJEB said...

    I can understand why your totalitarian mind would object to the story. The story notes that Killen was found guilty of manslaughter, not first degree murder. Your black and white mind takes this as an attack against the entire United States of America.

    Take a deep breath and relax.

     
    At 6/25/2005 03:47:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Totalitarian? Are you redefining this word as well to conform to your leftist mindset (noting Nazi; gulag; torture)?

     
    At 6/25/2005 05:48:00 pm, Blogger DJEB said...

    Totalitarian. You. What you object to is any criticism of anything that happens in the U.S., even if that criticism comes from an American who is intimately involved with the issue at hand - just like a totalitarian, totalitarian.

     

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