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Sunday, February 15, 2015
A Black Mississippi Judge's Breathtaking Speech To 3 White Murderers : Code Switch : NPR
Carlton Reeves, U.S. District Judge
A Black Mississippi Judge's Breathtaking Speech To 3 White Murderers : Code Switch : NPR: "Here's an astonishing speech by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves, one of just two African-Americans to have ever served as federal judges in Mississippi. He read it to three young white men before sentencing them for the death of a 48-year-old black man named James Craig Anderson in a parking lot in Jackson, Miss., one night in 2011. They were part of a group that beat Anderson and then killed him by running over his body with a truck, yelling "white power" as they drove off.
The speech is long; Reeves asked the young men to sit down while he read it aloud in the courtroom. And it's breathtaking, in both the moral force of its arguments and the palpable sadness with which they are delivered. We have decided to publish the speech, which we got from the blog Breach of Peace, in its entirety below." read more