Ex-Klansman Gets 3 Life Terms for 1964 Murders

72-year-old cancer patient says he'll appeal
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Aug 24, 2007 3:45 PM CDT
A Madison County Sheriff's Department deputy, right, escorts reputed Ku Klux Klansman James Ford Seale to the federal courthouse, Friday, Aug. 24, 2007, in Jackson, Miss., for sentencing in the deadly...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A 72-year-old ex-Klansman drew three life sentences today for his involvement in the 1964 murders of two black teens in Mississippi, the Clarion-Ledger reports. "Justice is ageless," the judge told James Ford Seale, who was found guilty in June of kidnapping and conspiracy in the abduction, beating, and drowning of Henry Hezekiah Dee and Charles Eddie Moore.

Charles Moore's brother Thomas had pushed for the case to be reopened for nearly a decade. "I did everything I could to bring justice," he said in court today. Seale maintains his innocence and says he'll appeal. Meanwhile, another 100 civil-rights era cold cases await investigation and possible prosecution, a Justice Department official said today.