Making the Case

It was the month of June in 1964, that three civil rights workers, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were reported missing in Neshoba County. They were found about a month later buried in an earthen dam.

Although seven members of the Ku Klux Klan were convicted on federal civil rights violations the case, state murder charges were never brought against anyone. However, state officials say this could soon change.

"I want to the right thing and not worry about the politics. I'm going to do the right thing," said Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood.

Mississippi Attorney General Hood made those comments in meeting last week with members of the newly formed Philadelphia Coalition, a group, which is pushing for indictments in the case.

Also on hand for the meeting was the mother and brother of one of the men killed, Andrew Goodman. Both Dr. Carolyn Goodman and her son David are asking the state to pursue murder charges in the case, even if a conviction is unlikely.

"Not all cases are won in terms of finding the guilty party, but there should be a trial to determine that," said Andrew Goodman.

"There was a violent crime committed. Violence should be treated as a crime. We have to go with it whether its in our favor or not in our favor. We will have to live with it," said Carolyn Goodman.

Hood says his should know within the next month if there is enough evidence to proceed with the case.


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