- Making News: Supreme Court Overturns Conviction of Black Death Row Inmate
The US Supreme Court has thrown out the conviction of Thomas Miller-El, a black inmate on death row in Texas, ruling that his jury was unfairly stacked with white people. Clarence Thomas, the only black justice on the Court, dissented. David Savage, who reports on the court for the Los Angeles Times, says the court has clearly demonstrated that it is not going to tolerate race bias in jury selection, even in old cases.
- Reporter's Notebook: Senate Apologizes for Not Outlawing Lynching, While Mississippi Burning Trial Begins
In 1964, a part-time Baptist minister was acquitted in federal court of violating the civil rights of Andre Goodman, Michael Schwerner and James Chaney, who were brutally murdered after going to Mississippi to register black citizens to vote. Today, jury selection is under way in the murder trial of Edgar Ray Killen, as the US Senate prepares an apology. Veteran civil rights worker Lawrence Guyot knew all three of the murder victims, and later became chair of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.
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