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Murder in black and white

Three-quarters of Tchula, Miss. (pop. 1,900), is black, and the town was proud five years ago when the first black mayor took office. Eddie Carthan's election was seen as a triumph of fair play after decades of rigged politics. But things did not turn out so simply. Last year Carthan, 33, was convicted of assaulting a policeman and forced to leave office. Now he is on trial again, accused of arranging the murder of his principal black political opponent in town. Carthan says he has been framed by the...

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