Mississippi: Two young white women plead guilty in federal hate crime case involving black victim

Jay Leiderman
By: Jay Leiderman
December 14 2014

Certified Criminal Law specialist and defense attorney Jay Leiderman handles criminal cases in all federal courts throughout the US

I hope what I’m writing is not true, but I have to say it: Mississippi – the more things change, the more they say the same. This article about a federal hate crime in Mississippi, white on black hate, shows that perhaps we haven’t come as far as we thought we did. Again, I hope it isn’t true. But look at the last paragraph. It hearkens back to Philadelphia, Mississippi in the 1960’s when the KKK was indiscriminately killing African Americans and activists / civil rights workers. Is injustice alive and well in Mississippi? I hope you talk to me in the comments section and let me know. I live in Ventura, California, a world away from this case.

The charges were in connection with the investigation into the attacks that led to the death [murder] of James Craig Anderson. The federal indictments came three years after his death.

These crimes were committed by young white people, in their teens when the crime occurred. Where does one learn such hate.

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) –
Two of four people indicted earlier this year in an alleged conspiracy to commit federal hate crimes against African-Americans in Jackson have pleaded guilty. Twenty-year-old Shelbie Brooke Richards of Pearl and 21-year-old Sarah Adelia Graves of Crystal Springs entered guilty pleas to Conspiracy to Commit a Hate Crime.

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