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Mississippi grand jury fails to indict in 1955 Till murder case

[JURIST] A grand jury in Mississippi Tuesday refused to indict Carolyn Bryant on charges of manslaughter for the 1955 kidnap and murder of Emmett Till [JURIST news archive] due to a lack of sufficient evidence. Carolyn is the wife of Rob Bryant, who, along with his half brother J.W. Milam, was acquitted in 1955 by an all-white jury on all charges related to the murder. Rob Bryant later confessed [Look interview] to the killing. A friend of Till called the grand jury's decision racist, telling AP "we had overwhelming evidence, and they came back with the same decision. Some people haven't changed from 50 years ago."

The Till case leads a series of attempts by federal law enforcement authorities to settle unfinished civil rights cases. Following a probe of investigative errors, the US Justice Department re-opened the case [JURIST report] in 2004. Last year, the FBI reported that no federal civil rights charges would be filed [JURIST report] in the Emmett Till case, and subsequently turned over to the local Mississippi district attorney. AP has more.

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