Seale Appeals to U.S. Supreme Court

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A reputed Ku Klux Klansman wants the U.S. Supreme Court to decide if the statute of limitations had passed in the 1964 abductions of two black men he was convicted of kidnapping nearly 43 years later. The men were later found dead in the Mississippi River.

James Ford Seale was convicted in June 2007 of abducting two 19 year olds who authorities said were beaten, weighted down and thrown into a Mississippi River backwater in 1964.

Seale was serving life when the conviction was thrown out last year by a panel of three 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges. The panel's decision was overturned June 5 by the entire 5th Circuit on a tie vote.

Seale's attorneys filed a motion Friday asking for the Supreme Court to decide the issue.

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