By SHELIA BYRD (AP) – 10 hours ago
JACKSON, Miss. — Over the last three years, the FBI scoured faded documents, interviewed aging lawmen and tracked down witnesses from killings that occurred decades ago, many of them involving white police officers who shot black men or teenagers.
Now, the agency is at a dead end in the search for relatives in at least 33 civil rights-era cases, and the FBI needs the public’s help. Agents are appealing for relatives of the victims to come forward, the latest challenge in a three-year-old effort to right historical wrongs.
That “dead end” is called ex post facto. Because the acts were committed before Federal civil rights laws were passed, there’s nothing the FBI or the Federal prosecutors can do about it…(but continue reading).
Of course, you know who and you know what had to be quoted:
Southern Poverty Law Center president Richard Cohen said his organization has turned over information to the FBI in hopes someone will be prosecuted in at least a few of the remaining unsolved killings.
“The justice that is achieved in those few is going to have to serve as symbolic justice for the whole,” Cohen said.
It says here that Cohen “hopes someone will be prosecuted” when, like I said above, nobody can be prosecuted.
(BTW, when did Morris Dees die? I wasn’t aware that the President ordered all flags flown at half-staff, that his remains lie in state at the Capitol Rotunda, and that his birthday be declared a national holiday. But he had to have died recently, because the only SPLC people that I ever see quoted in the media are Cohen, Mark Potok and occasionally Heidi Beirich.)
I have a prediction.
Should evidence be found, the U.S. Attorneys will press charges in spite of ex post facto. Of course, one would expect the trial level Federal judge to dismiss it out of hand because of ex post facto, but I predict the Feds will shop it to a liberal judge, a Democrat President appointee, who will let the trial go forward anyway, in spite of the Constitution. The Constitution doesn’t matter to most Democrats when it comes to anything else, why should three little ole Latin words get in their way? If the defendants are found guilty, their lawyers could appeal it to the Federal Appellate Courts, but the Appellate Courts that serve states like AL and MS are full of black judges. If it gets to SCOTUS, don’t look for them to do the right thing. One word: Sotomayor.
The only other possibility is if they bring a state level murder charge, and most states don’t have statutes of limitation on murder. MS doesn’t, b/c Byron de la Beckwith was convicted of the Medgar Evers murder three decades after the fact.