Meridian federal courthouse, scene of historic civil rights cases, targeted for closure

December 13, 2013 in News

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Meridian’s only federal courtroom — the site of historical civil rights cases more than four decades ago — will close under legislation passed by the U.S. […]

Former Klansman Edgar Ray Killen seeks OK from Supreme Court for new trial in 1964 slayings

October 18, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court is considering arguments from a former Ku Klux Klansman convicted in the 1964 slayings of three civil rights workers.

Edgar Ray Killen says he was denied constitutional rights in his Mississippi trial.

Killen made the same arguments to a federal judge in Mississippi in 2012 and before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans earlier this year. He lost in both courts…