Of course they did. As gangs do to other groups today. Should we find every gang member whether or not they just joined their group and charge them with every crime committed by other group members whether or not they were involved? By your standard, it's going to be quite easy to do it. Rule of law? Heck, we can't let the rule of law get in the way. We've got too many people to prosecute!! You're going to be locking up a whole lot of people that way, unfairly at that. But heck, as you said, even though there's no evidence that you have personally seen and even though you are not on the jury to be able to see that evidence let's just go off what the media reports and make 'the rest of his fleeting life should be made miserable, just to prepare him for hell.'
Yep, that's justice alright....
I didn't say that.
I meant it in the context of responding to those who felt someone who commited a crime years ago is too old to be prosecuted.
And you have a point that I am fully taking to heart.
"As gangs do to other groups today. Should we find every gang member whether or not they just joined their group and charge them with every crime committed by other group members whether or not they were involved?"
We already do, its called RICO and its been around for almost 30 years.
To answer this question: Yes, we should. Anyone who joins a group whose intent is to terrorise using any means necessary to get the job done is as guilty as any other person in the group, because by joining you are giving support to these unlawful activities.
There is a precedent for this in the laws that charge anyone involved in a felony that results in the death of a person with murder.
By the way you sound like a democrat and liberal to me. Only a liberal would think the clan or anyone who joined is just a group of people having a good time with white sheets. They didn't do any of the things they were accused of back in the day did they? Just a bunch of democrats exercising their free speech and their rights to bunch down churches and hang blacks at will and rape black girls with no consequences. Nothing wrong with that as long as it was just some Dems having fun, right?
The clan was, and is, a low life group that was used to terrorise blacks and whites alike so that they would "stay in their place." We all know this and those of us from the south should be the first to admit it.