The South: The Philadelphia Indictments

For weeks, the front-porch gossip around Philadelphia, Miss., was that Neshoba County Sheriff Lawrence Rainey and Deputy Sheriff Cecil Price, a pair of beefy upholders of backwater Southern justice, would soon be indicted by a fed eral grand jury in Biloxi, Miss., investigating civil rights abuses in Mississippi. Sure enough, last week they were.

The most important case under investigation by the grand jury (22 whites, one Negro) was the murder of three young civil rights workers: New Yorkers Michael Schwerner, 24, and Andrew Goodman, 20, and Meridian, Miss., Negro James Chaney,...

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