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13 July 2018, 10:12 | Regina Holmes
DOJ reopens Emmett Till case after ‘new information’ arises: report | TheHill
But now, the Associated Pressreports, the Justice Department has reopened its investigation, citing "new information" in the notorious murder case that galvanized the Civil Rights Movement.
The report doesn't indicate what the new information might be.
Conspiracy or murder charges could be filed if anyone still alive is shown to have been involved, he said, but too much time likely has passed to prosecute anyone for other crimes, such as lying to investigators or in court.
Paula Johnson, co-director of an academic group that reviews unsolved civil rights slayings, said she can't think of anything other than Tyson's book that could have prompted the Justice Department to reopen the Till investigation. While at a local store, Till was said to have either whistled at a white woman named Carolyn Bryant Donham, grabbed her and made crude sexual comments. On Aug. 28, 1955, the woman's husband, Roy Bryant, and brother-in-law, J.W. Milam, kidnapped Till and killed him.
A MS prosecutor isn't saying whether federal authorities have given him any new information since they reopened an investigation into the slaying of Emmett Till in 1955. The two men later admitted in a magazine interview to killing Till, but were never retried.
Though the Justice Department has reopened its investigation-possibly due to Donham's comments to Tyson-it is not yet known if prosecutors will bring a new case against anyone connected to the murder. Only one resulted in in a federal conviction since the act became law, that of Ku Klux Klansman James Ford Seale for kidnapping two black teenagers, Charles Moore and Henry Dee, who were killed in MS in 1964. But Parker says the discussion likely occurred after the release of a book that raised questions about the Till case past year.
"We're talking 63 years of hoping that there would be justice for Emmett", Deborah Watts said.
Because of Donham's lies, Till abducted and mangled before being lethally shot and dumped in the Tallahatchie River.
Two men were charged with murder in connection to Till's death, but were acquitted.
Emmett's mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, was horrified to see the state of her son's body when it was returned to her. Images of his mutilated body gave witness to the depth of racial hatred in the Deep South and helped build momentum for subsequent civil rights campaigns. "Just what did he say when he grabbed your hand?" defense attorney Sidney Carlton asked, according to a trial transcript released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation a decade ago. Her testimony claims that Till had done an "unprintable word" to "white women before". But if something's out there, we want to know it, you know?
The evidence, which was heard after jurors had been sent out, was ruled inadmissible by the judge. When discussing Emmett's supposed verbal and physical advances, she told Tyson, "That part's not true", according to the author of "The Blood of Emmett Till". When Donham had testified in the Till case she said that the teen Till grabbed her and verbally threatened her.
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