Trials: Juries & Justice in Alabama

When Ku Klux Klansman Collie Leroy Wilkins' trial for the murder of Civil Rights Worker Viola Gregg Liuzzo ended in a mistrial last spring, it was something of a victory for the prosecution. In that Deep South Lowndes County courtroom at Hayneville, Ala., anything short of outright acquittal had to be considered a surprise. And when Wilkins went on trial again last week, the odds against conviction had not changed. Juries in that very courtroom were remembering their old racist ways. Only last month, before the same Judge T. Werth Thagard who...

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