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Professor McDonald Reacts to Closing of “Mississippi Burning” Civil Rights Case

Posted on Tuesday 6/21/2016

Janis McDonald, Professor of Law and co-director of the Cold Case Justice Initiative, recently spoke with The Atlantic on the closing of the “Mississippi Burning’ unsolved civil rights-era murder case by the state’s attorney general office.

McDonald said, “I’m angry at the Justice Department, not just for this case but for all of the cases that they are supposedly doing thorough investigations under the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Crimes Act. This doesn’t have anybody’s priority. They’re just not doing the kind of full investigations that the act promised these families.”