The Mississippi Burning Trial (U

On August 4, 1964, FBI agents found their buried bodies in the dam at Old Jolly Farm. Eventually nineteen men are arrested and charged with violating the civil rights of Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman. This included Sheriff Lawrence Rainey and Deputy Sheriff Cecil Price. On February 24, 1967, Judge William Cox dismissed seventeen of the nineteen indictments. However, the Supreme Court overruled him and the Mississippi Burning Trial started on October 11, 1967. The main evidence against the defendants came from James Jordon, who had taken part in the killings. He claimed that Price had released Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney at 10.25 but re-arrested them before they were able to cross the border into Lauderdale County. Price then took them to the deserted Rock Cut Road where he handed them over to the Ku Klux Klan.

Linder, Douglas O. "The Mississippi Burning Trial (U. S. vs. Price et al.)"

...ppi’s Klu Klux Klan was sentenced to prison. The arrogant Judge Cox had been humbled. "The Mississippi Burning Trial” was the first trial in Mississippi history where white jurors found white men guilty of crimes against “outsiders, niggers, and nigger lovers”.

"The Mississippi Burning Trial: United States vs

The Mississippi Burning Trial: United States vs. Cecil price et al. (1967) The play takes its revamped title from the Mississippi Summer Project that culminated in the famous Mississippi Burning Trial in which three civil rights workers, Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney, were murdered in Neshoba County, Mississippi by members of the KKK. The Mississippi Summer Project was "an effort that would bring hundreds of college-age volunteers to 'the most totalitarian state in the country' [and] was announced in April, 1964" (). The murders of the activists involved a deliberate targeting of human rights workers in Mississippi by law enforcement officers (who were also members of the KKK) and, as the following account of the findings of the jury reveals, justice was barely done:

(1967)." The Mississippi Burning Trial: United States vs

(The Mississippi Burning Trial)