Trials: I Never Hit Nobody

In Mississippi, evidence does not always equal conviction, especially in civil rights cases. Still, acquittal seemed unlikely last week for eight white men on trial in U.S. District Judge Claude Clayton's court in Oxford. The cause of it all was a wild white mob that undeniably tried to halt school integration in Grenada last fall by flailing Negro schoolchildren with fists, feet, clubs and chains. According to the U.S. prosecutor, the defendants, including a justice of the peace, were part of that mob —and he had 25 witnesses to prove it.

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