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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Magistrate: Dismiss lawsuit in 1964 KKK killings

A federal magistrate has recommended the dismissal of a lawsuit in which a reputed Ku Klux Klansman claims the FBI used a mafia hit man to gather information that led to his conviction in the 1964 slayings of three civil rights workers.
Edgar Ray Killen was convicted of manslaughter in 2005, 41 years after the deaths of Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney.
Killen's lawsuit, filed in February 2010, claimed the FBI used a gangster called "The Grim Reaper" to intimidate witnesses during its 1964 investigation. The lawsuit seeks millions and a declaration that Killen's rights were violated.
U.S. Magistrate F. Keith Ball's recommendation goes to U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan, who has the final say.



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