On June 21st, Edgar Ray Killen was convicted
on three counts of manslaughter in the deaths of three civil rights workers in 1964. He is the first person to be held criminally responsible for the murders. Some have criticized the verdict as being to light, considering that these murders certainly seemed to be premeditated, cold-blooded killings. Whether or not that is the case, it will make little difference for Mr. Killen. At age 80, whatever sentence he receives will most likely be a life term.
Update: On June 23rd, he was sentenced
to 60 years.