Everybody's favorite senile old klansman was just convicted of manslaughter charges for his role in a crime committed 41 years ago to the day. Well, yay, Killen is now 80 years old. He looks like he's going to kick the bucket any second now. Take a look at the picture of him in the courtroom at the linked article. He's in a wheelchair and is relying on an oxygen tube to breathe.
Now everyone is declaring a victory for social justice and whatnot. Some victory, the guy has spent more than half of his life as a free man after the incident. I don't even believe Killen will spend a day in prison. He'll more likely live out the rest of his days in a state-funded hospital under elevated supervision.
This is just a PR stunt by the Mississippi courts. "See, we're making things all better by punishing the racist!" I know there isn't a statute of limitations on murder, but at some point you should really consider just letting it go. I hear for the next trial, they're going to dig up some dead klansmen and rough them up a bit, just to show the world that Mississippi is serious about the current legal issues troubling society today.
They didn't get him on the first trial, but in today's political climate, a man named Killen didn't have a chance. And he would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for those meddling kids.