Skip to comments.Court refuses to hear appeal from reputed Klansman
Posted on 10/04/2010 12:34:58 PM PDT by SmithL
WASHINGTONThe Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from reputed Ku Klux Klansman James Ford Seale for the killing of two black men in rural Mississippi in 1964.
The high court on Monday turned away Seale's appeal without comment.
In March, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the evidence against Seale was sufficient for the jury conviction in the trial that took place 43 years after the crimes. Seale, now 75, was convicted in 2007 of two counts of kidnapping and one of conspiracy to commit kidnapping. He was given three life sentences.
Authorities say Henry Hezekiah Dee and Charles Eddie Moore, both 19, were beaten by Klansmen and thrown, possibly still alive, into a muddy backwater of the Mississippi River.
Thomas Moore of Colorado Springs, Colo., the brother of victim Charles Moore, said he received a phone call from the Justice Department, informing him the Supreme Court wouldn't hear the case.
"It's a good feeling for me. It's a good feeling for the family members. It's been three years s
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Headlines never referred to Robert Byrd as a reputed Klansman.
Because Robert Byrd was not a reputed klansman. He actually was a klansman. Nothing reputed about it.
I’m not sure why, but my heart didn’t quite break at this news.
It was his reputation. Not alleged.
This isn't punishment for this guy ~ just a lack of understanding.
It would be better to execute people like this as soon as possible than just leave them lingering in prison totally confused.
This guy cheated justice, getting 43 years of freedom he didn’t deserve. No tears here.
What new evidence was there? From Wikipedia:
Primary testimony was from fellow Klansman Charles Marcus Edwards who, after being confronted by Thomas Moore and David Ridgen during filming of a scene in Mississippi Cold Case, was given state and federal immunity from prosecution to tell the full story of what happened.
So guy who admitted he was a participant in the kidnapping and murder agrees to finger Seale if he himself gets off scott-free--that's the "evidence," how does Seale prove himself innocent after all these years? Potential witnesses are dead, demented, or whose memories have become contaminated by time and publicity about the long-ago events. It's no longer possible to gather new forensic evidence.
If you or anyone were accused of being a conspirtor to a horrific crime decades ago, how could you defend yourself?
I haven't studied the case closely and I assume he's probably guilty, but even so he deserved a fair, ie timely trial.
And if we're going to open up old kidnapping cases from the 1960s, how about the FBI agents who hired Mafia enforcer Gregory Scarpa - known as The Grim Reaper, to kidnap and torture suspected KKK members to provide information in the "Mississippi Burning" cases. From a 2008 Telegraph story:
FBI 'used Mafia enforcer' to find bodies in Mississippi Burning case A former Ku Klux Klan member convicted in the killings of three Mississippi civil rights workers in the 1960s must be freed because the FBI used a Mafia enforcer to torture a key witness for information, his lawyers say.
It was now clear that the informant had been kidnapped by Scarpa and an FBI helper, and subjected to "typical Mafia-type behaviour", he said.
The "behaviour" may have included a severe beating but certainly included death threats to his family and having a gun barrel inserted into his mouth, he added.
Scarpa's involvement in the investigation had long been rumoured but was confirmed last year by a New York judge who had seen his FBI file while trying an unrelated murder case involving the mobster's former FBI handler.
The judge said: "That a thug like Scarpa would be employed by the federal government to beat witnesses and threaten them at gunpoint to obtain information regarding the deaths of civil rights workers in the south in the early 1960s is a shocking demonstration of the government's unacceptable willingness to employ criminality to fight crime."
Linda Schiro, Scarpa's former girlfriend, said a few months ago that she had accompanied him to Mississippi in 1964. She said she believed he had been brought in because J Edgar Hoover, the FBI chief, was under heavy pressure to get results in the case.
She told ABC's Eyewitness News: "When we we walked into the hotel, I saw a bunch of guys and I saw Greg wink, and he says, 'Those are FBI agents'."
"We went up to the room, knock on the door, an agent came in and handed him a gun."
Mississippi Burning alluded to the FBI's use of nefarious tactics, introducing a black FBI agent who is brought in to rough up witnesses when conventional methods fail.
“It’s a good feeling for me. It’s a good feeling for the family members.”
It’s never good to convict anyone of anything. It may be legally just, but it’s another bad day for America and our world. There should never be cheers for this or “good feelings” about it. It’s not a happy time nor should it ever be. Every murderer who fails to repent and follow the way of Christ is another soul lost to sin and Satan.
Another sad day lifted up as a joyous occasion.
Our prayers go out to everyone involved. May repentance and forgiveness guide them in their path to Christ.