Federal appeals court upheld conviction of former Klansman

On June 5, 2009, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld the 2007 conviction of former Ku Klux Klan member James Ford Seale for the kidnapping and deaths of two African American teenagers in 1964. In U.S. v. Seale, a federal jury in the US District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi found Seale guilty on two counts of kidnapping resulting in death and one count of conspiracy in connection with the 1964 events, and he was sentenced to three lifetimes in prison. The challenge, prompted by the Department of Justice (DOJ), came after a Fifth Circuit panel vacated Seale's conviction in September 2008.

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