Civil Rights: Strategic Retreat


In September, one month after the bodies of three civil rights workers were found hidden beneath an earthen dam near Philadelphia, Miss., a Justice Department lawyer went before a federal grand jury to seek indictments against several suspects. Instead, the jury indicted five Mississippians—among them Neshoba County Sheriff Lawrence Rainey and Deputy Sheriff Cecil Price —not for involvement in the triple murder but for violation of the civil rights of local Negroes. Whatever evidence the Justice Department offered in connection with the murder of the civil rights workers was apparently...

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