Justice & the Communists

May 1951
Time;5/14/1951, Vol. 57 Issue 20, p28
The article discusses a court case wherein Willie McGee, a Negro father of four, was found guilty of raping Troy Hawkins of Laurel, Mississippi. The Mississippi supreme court reversed the conviction due to the electric atmosphere of the trial. A second conviction at Hattiesburg was overturned by the supreme court on the ground that there were no Negroes on the grand jury lists. A third trial got the Communists involved in McGee's defense and ended with a conviction. McGee was electrocuted despite appeals for clemency to Governor Fielding Wright.


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