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Monday, February 06, 2006

Forty-Three Years After the Fact

Klyde Kennard, a decorated Korean War Vet may be pardoned for a crime he did not committ 43 years after his death.

Kennard was framed for robbery and convicted in 1960 after he tried to become the first black man to attend the University of Southern Mississippi. Kennard died in 1963 of cancer shortly after his release.

The Center of Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern has renewed a request for a pardon, citing the recanted testimony of the man who convicted him.

According to the appeal: "With one swipe of your pen, Gov. Barbour, you can close this tragic chapter of Mississippi's history, bring closure to the remaining members of the Kennard family, and restore Clyde Kennard to his reightful place as a hero of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement."

To read more about this case, click here.

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