Saturday, September 6, 2008

FBI's Civil Rights Initiative: No Trials Yet

From the Associated Press & New York Times:

"Flanked by officials from the NAACP and the Southern Poverty Law Center, FBI Director  Robert Mueller last year announced with considerable fanfare a new partnership between his agency and civil rights organizations.

The goal: To bring justice in long-ignored murders from the civil rights era.

The outcome: Not one case has been prosecuted under the FBI's Cold Case Initiative, which actually began two years ago with no fanfare at all.

The civil rights leaders present at Mueller's February 2007 news conference -- John Jackson of the NAACP, who now works for a private firm, and Richard Cohen, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center -- have come to question the government's motives.

''I've been disappointed that more cases have not been brought,'' Cohen said. ''I worried that too many people would get their hopes up. I don't want to be part of a show.''"

Full story here.

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