Mississippi: Indictments This Time

The case involving the murder last June of three young civil rights workers near Philadelphia, Miss., was back in the courts. This time U.S. Assistant Attorney General John Doar took it directly to a federal grand jury of Mississippians, avoiding a preliminary hearing that had derailed the case before (TIME, Dec. 18). This time, too, there was stronger evidence for an indictment, including two confessions from men who had been in the crowd that lynched the three victims.

The jury quickly handed down indict ments against 18 men, including Neshoba County Sheriff...

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