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Wednesday, June 15, 2005


Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

Democracy Now! | Mississippi Trial Begins in 1964 Civil Rights Killings:

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! - interviews with Ben Chaney and Carolyn Goodman..

"Tuesday, June 14th, 2005
Mississippi Trial Begins in 1964 Civil Rights Killings

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The trial of former Ku Klux Klan leader Edgar Ray Killen has begun in Philadelphia, Mississippi. He is charged with the 1964 murder of three civil rights workers. We speak with the brother and mother of two of the victims, Ben Chaney and Carolyn Goodman. And we speak with the journalist who has been investigating the murders for the past 16 years. [includes rush transcript]

Jury selection began yesterday in the 41-year-old case of three civil rights workers, murdered in 1964 by members of the Ku Klux Klan in Philadelphia, Mississippi. African American James Chaney, and whites Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were part of the voter registration campaigns of Mississippi Freedom Summer.

They were driving to Neshoba County to inspect a church that had been burned by the KKK when deputy sheriff Cecil Price, a Klansman, stopped them for speeding and held them in jail until a mob could gather. The local Klan leader, Edgar Ray Killen, is now on trial for masterminding the murders and choosing the burial site. In 1967, the federal government tried 18 men for conspiring to violate the victims' civil rights. Seven were convicted, but none served more than six years in prison. And Killen himself was released when his all-white jury deadlocked. We go down to Mississippi in a moment, but first, we hear from Carolyn Goodman, mother of Andrew Goodman. She spoke to us yesterday before leaving to attend the trial. "

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