The prosecutor who secured the conviction in the infamous Medgar Evers Mississippi murder case is to begin serving his 18-month prison sentence today at a facility in Kentucky.
From CNN —
CNN) — Bobby DeLaughter — the prosecutor who secured the conviction in the infamous Medgar Evers Mississippi murder case — is himself now headed to prison.
It was DeLaughter’s dogged 1994 prosecution and the subsequent conviction of Ku Klux Klan member Byron De La Beckwith that helped trigger the reopening of dozens of civil rights cold cases.
DeLaughter became an instant hero of the civil rights movement. Alec Baldwin portrayed him in the 1996 movie, “Ghosts of Mississippi,” and his closing statement was once dubbed one of the greatest closing arguments in modern law.
“Is it ever too late to do the right thing?” DeLaughter told the jury of eight blacks and four whites. “For the sake of justice and the hope of us as a civilized society, I sincerely hope and pray that it’s not.”
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“The man has now been destroyed, politically and economically. It’s that serious,” said Charles Evers, the brother of Medgar Evers.
He said he is trying to raise money to help pay DeLaughter’s expenses while he’s in prison. “What can we do but fight for a man who fought for us?” he said. “I want DeLaughter to know I’m behind him 100 percent.”
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