Statutes: Justice in Georgia

For three months the Sumter County, Ga., jail held four young men—three white, one Negro, all Northerners—who were arrested last August in Americus, during civil rights demonstrations. They were charged with "inciting insurrection," a capital crime in Georgia, so there was no bail (TIME, Nov. 1). Their lawyers believed the state did not care whether the four were ever brought to trial. Said Attorney Morris B. Abram: "These people are being held and offered bail only if they give up their constitutional rights, that is, leave the county, leave the state." And...

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