DOJ reopens Emmett Till case after ‘new information’ arises

Justice Dept reopens investigation into Emmett Till’s lynching murder

DOJ reopens Emmett Till case after ‘new information’ arises: report | TheHill

The Justice Department report, which was issued in March, does not indicate what the new information might be, but it comes after the publication of a book past year, "The Blood of Emmett Till", by Duke University professor Timothy B. Tyson. Till was just 14 years old visiting family in MS when a white woman said he had made crude sexual advances toward her. Then she said, nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him.

Whether any new charges stem from the renewed investigation remains to be seen.

Tyson said the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed him previous year, and he turned over all research materials, including a memoir Donham wrote that he said would not be published until after her death.

Tyson says the Justice Department's decision reeks of political expediency for the Trump administration. Days later, the teen was kidnapped from him bedroom and beaten by white men. Parker is now 79.

"He didn't die in vain", Parker said. The book says the woman acknowledged she wasn't truthful when she testified that the 14-year-old Till grabbed her.

The prosecutor with jurisdiction over the MS community where Till was abducted, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson, declined to comment on whether federal authorities had given him new information since they reopened the investigation. It is not clear, though, whether the government will be able to bring charges against anyone.

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University of MS law professor Tucker Carrington says conspiracy or murder charges could be filed if anyone still alive is shown to have been involved.

Donham's then-husband Roy Bryant and his half-brother J.W. Milam were charged with murder but later acquitted in Till's slaying. Most episodes investigated in recent years as part of a federal effort to re-examine racially motivated murders have not led to prosecutions or even referrals to state authorities.

Mississippi District Attorney Dewayne Richardson, whose circuit oversees the community in which Emmett was abducted, offered his opinion on the development. The two men have since died. Relatives of Till pushed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reopen the case previous year after publication of the book.

The U.S. government has reopened an investigation into the 1955 killing of black teenager Emmett Till in MS, saying it had discovered new information in the case, which helped spark the nation's civil rights movement. The report added that "b$3 ecause the matter is ongoing, the Department can provide no further information about the current investigation".

The report issued in late March doesn't indicate what that information might be. Jackson's slaying was an impetus for the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march later that year. "When a n***er gets close to mentioning sex with a white woman, he's exhausted o" livin", stated Milam in the interview.

Not a month after the boy's body was pulled from the river, an all-white jury acquitted Bryant and Milam of Emmett's murder, despite eyewitnesses identifying the defendants and the men confessing to kidnapping the teen.Deliberations took barely an hour, with one juror claiming the acquittal could've come sooner had they not stopped to have a soda.

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