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Professional Commentary
22 Nov 2009

Alexander Abdo [Legal Fellow, National Security Project, American Civil Liberties Union]: "Historically, the United States has championed the use of photographic evidence of human-rights abuses to advance the cause of justice. The reason is simple: Pictures have a unique ability to transform public debate. They convey in plain and unadulterated … [read more]

Legal News
10 Sep 2008
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday vacated the conviction [opinion, PDF] of former Ku Klux Klan (KKK) [WARNING: readers may find this website offensive; JURIST news archive] member James Ford Seale for his involvement in the 1964 deaths of two … [read more]

Legal News
11 Jul 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] The US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] ruled [PDF opinion]. Thursday that Virginia's method of execution by lethal injection [JURIST news archive] does not violate the Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Virginia death row inmate Christopher Scott Emmett [advocacy profile] had challenged the procedure, … [read more]

Legal News
17 Oct 2007
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday afternoon issued an order [DOC text] staying the execution of Virginia death row inmate Christopher Scott Emmett [advocacy profile], who had been scheduled to be put to death at 9 PM ET. The Court stayed the execution "pending final disposition of … [read more]

Legal News
20 Jun 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives Wednesday overwhelmingly passed the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act [HR 923 bill information] by 422-2 [roll call]. The bill would establish an Unsolved Crimes Section within the civil rights [JURIST news archive] divisions of the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau … [read more]

Academic Commentary
11 Jun 2007

JURIST Guest Columnist Margaret Burnham of Northeastern University School of Law says the trial of alleged Klansman James Seale, accused of kidnapping and then drowning two young men in southwest Mississippi in May 1964, highlights both Mississippi's historical role in Klan violence and the grievous shortcomings of federal law enforcement … [read more]

Legal News
9 May 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] An Alabama grand jury issued a sealed indictment Wednesday in the 1965 shooting and death of 26-year-old Jimmie Lee Jackson [Sojourners report] by state trooper James Bonard Fowler during an attempt by state troopers to disperse a protest against the jailing of a civil rights worker. The indictment, which … [read more]

Legal News
31 Mar 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

[JURIST] The FBI released a 464-page report [text, PDF] Friday containing details from the autopsy of Emmett Till [PBS backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Till was fourteen when he was abducted from his uncle's home in Money, Mississippi in August 1955 and murdered, reportedly for having whistled at a white woman. … [read more]

Legal News
28 Feb 2007
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] The FBI [official website] has started investigating 10-12 civil rights era suspicious death cases [press release], according to FBI Director Robert Mueller [remarks] and US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile] Tuesday. Although officials declined to comment on which cases have been re-opened, they did confirm that the lynching … [read more]

Legal News
27 Feb 2007
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] A grand jury in Mississippi Tuesday refused to indict Carolyn Bryant on charges of manslaughter for the 1955 kidnap and murder of Emmett Till [JURIST news archive] due to a lack of sufficient evidence. Carolyn is the wife of Rob Bryant, who, along with his half brother J.W. Milam, … [read more]

Legal News
13 Sep 2006
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] Two US congressmen on Wednesday filed a motion [PDF text; press release] in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] requesting Judge Emmett Sullivan [official profile] to order the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) [official website] to provide a reasoned explanation for its decision to treat … [read more]

Legal News
12 May 2006
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] A federal judge Friday stayed the military commission trial of a Saudi Arabian man who has been held at the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] since 2002 for allegedly plotting with members of al Qaeda to build car bomb detonators in Pakistan and send them … [read more]

Legal News
14 Apr 2006
by Krystal MacIntyre

[JURIST] The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) [official website] is re-examining the last unsolved public lynching [Wikipedia backgrounder] in the US, according to an FBI agent. FBI agent Stephen Emmett did not say whether the FBI will officially reopen the case, but said that recent technology and techniques may help … [read more]

Legal News
17 Mar 2006
by Angela Onikepe

[JURIST] No federal civil rights charges will be filed in the 1955 killing of Emmett Till [JURIST news archive], according to an FBI statement [text] issued Thursday citing the expiration of a five year statute of limitations. Till, a 14-year old African American boy, was brutally beaten and shot for … [read more]

Legal News
15 Sep 2005
by Tom Henry

[JURIST] The US Senate has approved the creation of a new US Department of Justice [official website] office that would investigate racially motivated homicides that took place prior to 1970. The Unsolved Crimes Section was proposed in reaction to numerous cases that remain unsolved due to weak state and federal … [read more]

Legal News
26 Aug 2005
by Krista-Ann Staley

[JURIST] DNA evidence has confirmed that remains exhumed from a suburban Chicago cemetery in June are those of Emmett Till [Wikipedia profile], a 14-year-old African American boy slain in Mississippi in 1955. The exhumation [JURIST report] was the final step in the US Department of Justice investigation into the murder. … [read more]

Legal News
7 Jun 2005
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] The US Senate is expected next week to approve a resolution [text] apologizing for its historical failure to pass anti-lynching legislation. Senate filibusters blocked over 200 such bills in the first half of the 20th century. The resolution expresses the "most solemn regrets of the Senate to the descendants … [read more]

Legal News
1 Jun 2005
by Tom Henry

[JURIST] In hopes of finding clues about his 1955 murder [JURIST report], FBI personnel Wednesday began unearthing [JURIST report] a concrete vault containing the remains of Emmett Till [Wikipedia profile]. FBI spokesman Frank Bochte said that the reason for exhumation was to dispel rumors that the body was not that … [read more]

Legal News
6 May 2005
by Jamie Sterling

[JURIST] Members of the family of Emmett Till [Wikipedia profile], a 14-year-old black youngster killed after whistling at a white woman in 1955, are vehemently opposing the FBI's plan to exhume the boy's body [JURIST report]. Two suspects in the murder, Roy Bryant and his half-brother J.W. Milam, were acquitted … [read more]

Legal News
5 May 2005
by Alexandria Samuel

[JURIST] FBI officials announced Wednesday that the body of Emmett Till [Wikipedia profile] will be exhumed in upcoming weeks to determine the cause of his death and uncover evidence that could lead authorities to accomplices in his 1955 murder [PBS documentary]. In a brutal event that galvanized the country at … [read more]

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