Jackson Grand Jury Again Hears Evidence in Civil-Rights Murders
WORLD AND NATIONAL NEWS
JACKSON, Miss., Jan. 11--Justice Department cloaked witnesses in secrecy today as the government offered a federal grand jury evidence in the slaying of three civil rights workers last June.
John Doar, head of the department's civil rights division, issued a terse "no comment" during the proceedings.
U.S. marshals kept spectators from seeing who entered and left the grand jury room. The witness room likewise was out of sight. Witnesses were escorted into the federal courthouse by a back door early in the morning.
U.S. District Judge Harold Cox told the jurors when they convened today they should be able to wind up work.
This marked the government's second by Friday.
second attempt to get the grand jury to return indictments.
The 23-member grand jury, which includes a Negro woman, considered the case last October but returned no indictments.
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