It would have been preferable for James Ford Seale, Edgar Ray Killen and other surviving reputed Klansmen to be brought to justice swiftly for their crimes during the civil rights struggle. It’s tremendously unfair that they were allowed to live freely into old age, something they denied their victims. But the prosecution of Seale and others, however tardy, is essential to the survivors as well as the integrity of the justice system. Convicted Thursday on federal charges of kidnapping and conspiracy in the 1964 deaths of black teens Charles Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee in Mississippi, 71-year-old Seale could face life in prison.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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