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TacticalPeek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-07-05 11:19 PM
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For Civil Rights Crusaders, Arrest Brings Relief
For Civil Rights Crusaders, Arrest Brings Relief

By Carol Morello
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, January 8, 2005; Page B01

For Lawrence Guyot Jr., Thursday's arrest of a suspect in the 1964 slayings of three civil rights workers in Mississippi was not only a philosophical vindication but also something deeply personal.

Four decades ago, as a field worker with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Guyot almost joined Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney in their drive to the Mississippi town of Philadelphia to investigate the bombing of a black church. At the last moment, he decided not to go. But he advised them that with all the national media attention to a voter registration drive in the state that summer, they would be perfectly safe.

Their bodies were found 40 days later. More than 40 years would pass before authorities would arrest a reputed Ku Klux Klan member on murder charges.

"I prayed to live until this day," Guyot, a program monitor with the D.C. Office of Childhood Development, said yesterday. "We fought for this. We dreamed of this. And now it is reality. It's a statement that political assassinations are not acceptable in the state of Mississippi. Never again."

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"I think this ranks up there with the passage of the Voting Rights Act," he said. "This is a tremendous achievement for the state of Mississippi."

Today's Mississippi bears little resemblance to the state in which Guyot was born, he added.

"In 1964, the state policy of Mississippi was one of apartheid," he said. "It brought terror on black and white citizens. I've seen the state change to such an extent that it convicted the killer of Medgar Evers, and it will be moving now to bring justice in the murders of Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman.

"I am proud to be a Mississippian."


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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A57434-20...




A long long time coming . . . oh, for a hanging judge.

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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-07-05 11:24 PM
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1. That old fart should be executed!
I don't care how sick or "unfit" he is to stand trial. After his guilt is proven at trial he should sit in the same electric chair that thousands of black Mississippians have sat in in decades past.

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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:00 AM
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4. Amen, brother. How well do you have to be to have a needle placed...
in your arm? He will get lethal injection if he gets the death sentence. He won't suffer like he made Goodman, Chaney, and Schwerner suffer.

I hate the death penalty, but in this bastard's case, he deserves it.
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JoFerret Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 01:45 PM
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15. And how does that help anyone?
It certainly would not honor the memory and work of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner.
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tonyraytx Donating Member (221 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-07-05 11:36 PM
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2. What point this arrest prove?
He only got a few years to go anyway. Should have done our own justice instead of waiting forty years till the government fell like doing it job.
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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-07-05 11:57 PM
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3. Ask the remaining family members. They'll tell you...
We've been convicting these devils for the past decade. Several of them are rotting in jail as I type. Some have had to meet their maker, and I am certain they are burning in hell.

The point is that there is no statute of limitations on murder, and, though it took forty years to get the job done, it's getting done.

Better late than never that these devils should sit inside a prison cell to confront the evil they have done and the shame they have brought Mississippi and their families. Let them rot.
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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:01 AM
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5. What's your problem with an alleged murderer being tried?
I know country-bumpkin, redneck swamp hicks who think that this is a GOOD THING.

Yours is the first objection I have heard. :eyes:
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tonyraytx Donating Member (221 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:15 AM
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6. My Problem is not alleged murderer being tried

But, how long it took

They knew all along who did, someone form the FBI was there when the murders took place and they waited 40 years. Sure this will bring justice to the families, but for what a few years. He live his life thanks to this government.


Thanks for nothing America
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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:21 AM
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8. Instead of waxing philosophical about it...
let's look at the two choices.

1. Don't try the murderer. Allow murderer to die never tried for the crime he committed.

2. Try the murderer. Let the jury have its say.

Which is the best?
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tonyraytx Donating Member (221 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:48 AM
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11. How about
3. Take justice in your hands, and killed him there, and not waiting for Hoover to finish playing dress-up.

What make you think he going to stand trial. He might not live to see it.
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Der Blaue Engel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 01:34 AM
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13. Democrats aren't generally pro-murder
No matter what the provocation.

That tends to be more of a Republican stance.
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tonyraytx Donating Member (221 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 01:46 AM
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14. We were
40 years ago, But only to blacks Remember?
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JoFerret Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 01:46 PM
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16. "Our own justice" LOL
as in strange fruit you mean? Asinine.
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tonyraytx Donating Member (221 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:21 AM
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7. And to think that he a minister

I guess he just doing what a good Christian should
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NVMojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:23 AM
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9. the timing of this arrest is bittersweet with the broadcasting of voter
intimidation yesterday from the halls of our federal government ...
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Lostnote03 Donating Member (850 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 01:05 AM
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12. Coincidences such as this are truly baffling to this human being!!!!
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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:25 AM
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10. More about this evil bastard from a 2000 article in the Jackson, MS paper.
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