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Thursday, June 23, 2005


Killen Sentenced... So? What about the other guys?

Preacher Edgar Ray Killen was just sentenced to

count 1 - 20 years in custody of MDOC
count 2 - same
count 3 - same

So how is it that we're left with one old man selected to atone for all of Mississippi's sins? Is Killen really the only one with blood on his hands?

The Arkansas Delta Peace and Justice Center suggests the Mississippi Attorney General should tell the four surviving individuals who were convicted in the federal trial in 1967 on charges of conspiracy to deny civil rights that:

a. The State of Mississippi is intent on convicting guilty parties;
b. The State of Mississippi prefers to convict those guilty parties who have never served time (which in effect could exclude them);
c. That if they fully cooperate, they will not be pursued, or at least treated leniently;
d. Otherwise, they will be vigorously prosecuted and the State of Mississippi is confident they will be convicted as they were in 1967, and that they will spend the remaining years of their lives incarcerated.

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And all of the victims who’ve never received the justice due them by the state of Mississippi? There are so many… Birdia Keglar, Jo-Etha Collier, James Edward Calhoune, Emmett Till, Rev. George Lee, Cleve McDowell… the list is huge.

If we accept no justice in Mississippi, where do we expect it? The American people deserve better.

Susan Klopfer
Author of "Where Rebels Roost, Mississippi Civil Rights Revisited."

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