RACES: Unusual & Different Punishment

Federal grand juries seldom indict for lynching anywhere, but a jury made legal race history last week in Jackson, Miss. by doing just that: indicting Deputy Sheriff Luther Holder of Jones County—as well as four leaders of a lynch mob—because he did not protest or protect the jail or cell of one Howard Wash and so failed to keep alive his prisoner.

It was last October that a mob of men broke with suspicious ease into the strong Laurel, Miss. jail and snatched up Howard Wash, dark and worried because he had killed his white employer in alleged self-defense. The...

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