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Human Rights

Justice still denied in Civil Rights-era slayings

September 12, 2008 - This week a federal appeals court overturned the conviction of reputed Ku Klux Klan member James Ford Seale, who was serving three life sentences for his role in the 1964 abduction and killing of Charles E. Moore and Henry H. Dee, two black teenagers in southwest Mississippi. Seale, a former sheriff's deputy, was convicted in June 2007 on kidnapping and conspiracy charges but the 5th U.S.

Remembering King's dream

August 28, 2008 - Today marks the 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech, spoken at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Dr. King gave his landmark speech during the March on Washington for jobs, justice and civil rights before a crowd of more than 250,000 people.

Jackson, Miss. mayor pleads not guilty to federal charges

July 17, 2008 - Mayor Frank Melton and his two police bodyguards, Michael Recio and Marcus Wright, were indicted last week on three counts each of conspiracy and violating the civil rights of an owner of a private residence and the man who lived in the house. They were indicted yesterday, and all three men pleaded not guilty.