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National Briefing / MISSISSIPPI

Release of alleged Klansman sought

September 12, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

A reputed Ku Klux Klansman whose conviction on charges of abducting two black teenagers was voided by a federal appeals court should be released from prison immediately, his attorneys said in a court filing.

State and federal authorities scrambled to review the 1964 case in hopes of keeping James Ford Seale behind bars.

Seale, 73, was convicted in June 2007 and spent just over a year in prison on kidnapping and conspiracy charges. The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals voided the conviction Tuesday, ruling that the statute of limitations had expired.

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