Alabama: The Trial

The judge sent for the jury. The twelve white men filed into their seats. "Gentlemen," said the judge, "have you made any progress since the last time?"

"Judge," said Farmer Clifford McMurphy, the foreman, "I wouldn't say we've made any progress. We've been hung at the same almost from the outset, judge. It's been right constant."

With no hope for an end to the deadlock, the judge declared a mistrial and sent the jury home. And so, last week, in the county courthouse in Hayneville, Ala., ended the murder trial of Collie Leroy...

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